About 2,000 participants, representing 25 African nationalities and the diversity of committed actors engaged in the fight against climate change (local governments, businesses, unions, environmental NGOs, farmers, women and youth organisation, researchers) gathered over 3 days of work and networking at the Climate Chance Summit Africa in Accra, Ghana.
President of Climate Chance Association and climate spokesperson for UCLG-Africa Senator Ronan Dantec, said “the success of the Summit underlines non-state actors’ ambition and need to develop new projects.
It confirms the willingness to continue committing to the cause to strengthen an environment that encourages climate action in Africa”.
Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG-Africa insisted on how “the Climate Chance Summit – Africa aims to be the annual ‘pre-COP’ for non-state-actors in Africa”.
The former President of Republic of Ghana John Kofi Kufuor, former UN special envoy for Climate Change, participated in the opening of the Summit and stated
“When I first heard of ‘Climate Chance’, I thought of ‘luck’ and therefore hope. Allow me to express my gratitude for your invitation to participate in this event.”
As he opened the Summit, his excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, highlighted the importance of local climate action. He declared the following “Local plans are a must, let us take action to reduce carbon footprint in our cities and make it part of the solutions.”
Hon. Hajia Halima Mahama, Minister of Local Governments and Rural Development of Ghana declared “The key issue local governments confront is finance, it is part of the discussion in this conference”
Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the SDGs and Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Tomasz Chruszczow Special Envoy for Climate Change, High Level Champion for COP 24, Luc Gnacadja Member of Climate Chance Association, former Minister of the Environment, Housing and Urban Planning in Benin, former Executive Secretary of the UNCCD where present at the summit.
At the end of the Summit, participants adopted the Accra Declaration.
It calls on States to create an environment that encourages local action, banks to facilitate access to finance for local governments and non-state actors, and proposes a new approach to the necessary reassessment of national commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, based on the contribution of local authorities (local determined contributions). This declaration acknowledges the importance of the Climate Chance Summit – Africa, an annual meeting of African non-state actors, by proposing that the common message delivered by each Summit should now be delivered under the umbrella of the Accra Climate Dialogue.