3d One Planet Summit

  • 14th March 2019
  • by secretary
14 March 2019. Nairobi. While Africa is responsible for only 4% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, 65% of the African population is considered to be directly impacted by climate change.

This first regional edition of the One Planet Summit highlighted the unique role of Africa as a global partner facing both challenges and opportunities, in particular in the field of innovative solutions for adaptation and resilience.

  • The Summit brought together high-level officials, CEOs and inspiring voices from youth, and civil society to showcase concrete achievements and breakthrough initiatives, and trigger new coalitions and commitments.
  • Designed as a full day of High-Level conversations and Coalition building for Climate and Environmental action in Africa, the event preceded the high-level segment of UNEA-4.
Extacts of the high level programme

  • African Solutions: New Business Models Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank @1:14 in below video
  • High Level Address on Adaptation and Resilience  Kristalina Georgieva, Interim President, World Bank Group

Scaling up solutions

  • Stephen Chege, Director Corporate Affairs, Safaricom 
  • Samba Bathily, Co-founder &and CEO, Solektra International 
  • Soham El Wardini, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal 
  • Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO, EDF

Pitch Hubs: To Display Africa’s innovative Climate Solutions (focus on agriculture)

  • Kenya Tea Development Agency and AFD
    KTDA invests in tea and other related profitable ventures for the benefit of the shareholders and other stakeholders. It benefits to 350,000 smallholder tea farmers and 39 of their regional tea factories
    Jean-Pierre Barral, Head of Energy and Digital Transition, AFD
    Japhet B. Sayi, General Manager, KTDA Power Company
  • Big Data for Climate Smart Agriculture
    Technology can contribute to enhancing the agricultural sector by make it more productive and more resilient to climate change. This pitch illustrated this by focusing on one of the projects led by the Government of Kenya aiming to improve agriculture through enhanced agrometeorological data analysis.
    Boniface O. Akuku, Director Information & Communication Technology, Agriculture Observatory
  • 4 per 1000 initiative
    The ambition of 4 per 1000 is to encourage actors to engage in a transition towards a productive agriculture, highly resilient, based on an appropriate land and soil management, creating jobs and income and thus promoting sustainable development
    Leigh Ann Winowiecki, Soil Systems Scientist, The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
    Murielle Trouillet, Policy Officer, International Sustainable Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, France
  • MIKOKO, co-management of green infrastructures
    Nature-based solutions are key to enhance the impacts of the ecosystem. Discover an African flagship project on the preservation of mangroves, using sustainability science and spatial technologies, for a positive change on communities and climate.
    Wanja Dorothy Nyingi, Head of Ichthyology, National Museums of Kenya and Coordinator, Kenya Wetlands Biodiversity Research Group (KENWEB)
    James Gitundu Kairo, Coordinating Author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere (SROCC), Kenyan Forest Services
    Stéphanie Duvail, Geographer and Mangroves Specialist, IRD 
  • Livelihoods Fund – Mt Elgon Initiative
    Along with Brookside and VI Agroforestry, discover a key project that will implement smart agricultural practices to sustainably increase yield and milk production with crop diversification, cow efficient feeding, watering & breedingBernard Giraud, Co-founder and President

    John Gethi, Director of Milk Procurement, Brookside Dairy Ltd.
    Wangu Mutua, Deputy Regional Director, Vi Agroforestry

Sector panels – Extract

Sub-Saharan Africa’s cities are home to more than 470 million people that are expected to double over the next 25 years. Climate impacts on agricultural yield are likely to exacerbate rural-to-urban migration and put pressure on urban infrastructure and services in the coming decades. This session brought together speakers to discuss how cities in Africa and in emerging markets around the world can leapfrog historical approaches to urban development and invest in low-carbon, resilient infrastructure. 
Panelists discussed how to connect cities with financing to implement resilient and green urban development strategies and mobilize private sector finance that is crucial to climate action. 
  • James Wainaina Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya 
  • Hans Peter Lankes, Vice President of Economics & Private Sector Development, IFC 
  • Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor of Chefchaouen, Morocco 
  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat 
  • Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission 
Over 25 years after Rio, there is more recognition of the importance of Africa’s terrestrial and coastal landscapes in delivering multiple production and ecosystem service benefits to support the continent’s transformation. This event provided different countries and champions of Africa’s landscape restoration and integrated management an opportunity to show case actions in a variety of different critical landscapes (from coastal to drylands and highlands). 

The panelists identifiedy key ingredients of effective participatory implementation, specify further needs, and share selected opportunities for leveraging support. 
  • Amedi Camara, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mauritania 
  • Almoustapha Garba, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Niger 
  • Hamadi Boga, Principal Secretary, State Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, Kenya 
  • Laura Tuck, Vice President of Sustainable Development, World Bank Group 
  • William Kwende, Chairman, Agritech 
  • Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary, UNCCD