In Focus

InFocusimage.jpgSigning of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Africa Carbon Forum 2017 to be hosted by the Government of Benin

(Cotonou, Benin, Wednesday, 26 April 2017) The Government of Benin and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the upcoming African Carbon Forum (ACF). The event will take place in Cotonou, Benin from 28 to 30 June and will be hosted by the Government of Benin and organised by partners and cooperating organizations of the Nairobi Framework Partnership. The MoU is an agreement setting out terms and conditions pertaining to the hosting of the event.

Luca Brusa, representing the UNFCCC, highlighted that “this edition of the ACF is the first after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and therefore it is a landmark for enhanced climate action in Africa, particularly in the context of the implementation of the Paris Agreement.”

Jeanne Josette Acacha Akoha from the Government of Benin said “Benin is a land of warmth and we are looking forward to welcoming all participants at the Forum. The Government of Benin expects the forum to be a platform for exchanging experiences and to showcase Africa’s success stories on climate change, so as to leverage climate action across the Continent.”

The signing ceremony was presided by the Chief of Staff of the Ministry of State in Planning and Development and the Chief of Staff of the Ministry of the Living Environment and Sustainable Development, with the participation of directors and high representatives of the Government of Benin.

This will be the ninth edition of the Africa Carbon Forum. The yearly event, which has taken place since 2008, provides a platform for Africa to engage on climate change issues in the region. The 2017 conference will focus on how to strengthen engagement between State and non?State actors in the key sectors for Africa (energy, agriculture and human settlements), including the role of future carbon markets to achieve enhanced climate action towards the goals of sustainable development.

Partners and cooperating organisations of  the Nairobi Framework Partnership involved in this year’s Africa Carbon Forum include the UNFCCC, World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Emissions Trading Organization (IETA), UNEP DTU Partnership, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Africa Development Bank Group, Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS Partnership) and Climate Markets and Investors Association (CMIA). The event is supported by the West African Development Bank (BOAD).

For more information on the Africa Carbon Forum, visit the website at and see the media advisory and brochure at the links below.

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