2019 One Planet Summit showcases African innovation

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Hosted by the presidents of France and Kenya, Emmanuel Macron and Uhuru Kenyatta, the third summit gathering of the One Planet coalition takes place in Nairobi on 14 March, alongside the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (11-15 March).

Accelerating the low-carbon transition through innovation

The One Planet coalition brings together public and private sector stakeholders from every continent with the single overriding aim of showcasing, mobilising and facilitating innovative projects that will speed up the global transition to a low-carbon economy. The initiative was kick-started in partnership between the office of the French president, the United Nations and the World Bank.

Source: One Planet Summit

With climate-related projects underway throughout the year, the One Planet Summit (OPS) acts as a high-profile platform to discuss progress and develop further commitments.

Africa: unique challenges, unique opportunities

After the summits in Paris in 2017 and New York last year, the Nairobi event will be an opportunity to highlight the unique role of Africa as a global partner facing both challenges and opportunities, in particular in the field of innovative solutions for climate adaptation and resilience.

This is particularly timely: 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.

Exhibit 1: Fossil C02 emmissions per capita (in t CO2; by country; 2018)

Source: Europa

The OPS will bring together high-level officials, CEOs and inspiring voices from youth and civil society to showcase specific achievements and breakthrough initiatives, as well as triggering new project groupings.

The One Planet coalition is pursuing 12 main commitments on climate change that echo and complement those contained in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The coalition recognises and encourages the involvement of private sector finance as a critical component in achieving its aims.

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