LoCS4Africa 2020 virtual congress

Africa's first online forum for leaders to share strategies on climate action

'Financing for Change'

November 2020

The LoCS4Africa 2020 virtual congress

The 2020 theme “Financing for Change” will respond to the growing acknowledgement worldwide that to tackle climate change, city-scale finance must be mobilised. Local finance will give subnational actors access to the resources they need to harness the emission reduction potential in cities, and to respond effectively to climate change impacts that manifest at the local level. As national governments are essential in unlocking international and national funding for local action, mobilising finance cannot occur without effective multi-level governance. Improved multi-level governance and increased finance flow to the local level will speed up implementation of current national and international climate change commitments, as well as increase the ambition of these commitments. This is essential if we are to keep global warming below 1.5 °C, a threshold scientists have warned against crossing.

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ICLEI Africa and partners have been leading discussions on how cities can to lead the way in tackling climate change, and these discussions will move online in 2020 as we continue to support cities on their resilience journeys.

Our 5th Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress will build on the strong platform we created in 2011 and strengthened over the years through our subsequent congresses. Each one, focusing on a different theme, has contributed cumulatively and significantly to bringing context-specific, integrated and innovative climate solutions to cities and their surrounding regions across the African continent. - Ms Kobie Brand, Regional Director: ICLEI Africa

OUR VIRTUAL CONGRESS

The congress programme will feature stimulating online sessions on a range of interactive platforms, ensuring that everyone can get involved in innovative,
thought-provoking discussions and learning sessions, regardless of connectivity and data challenges.

There are no perfect solutions, and we need to recognise that the realities we face are messy, and thus we need to be open to learning by doing in driving sustainability in our cities and towns. A business as usual approach will no longer suffice. - Dr. Meggan Spires, Senior Manager: Climate Change, Resilience and Energy, ICLEI Africa

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Building on a successful history

Previous LoCS4Africa

The LoCS4Africa journey

The debut congress, LoCS4Africa 2011, was convened in Cape Town, South Africa, and co-hosted by ICLEI Africa and the City of Cape Town.The event attracted participants from around the globe, drawing an audience from over 25 West, East, Central and Southern African countries.

LoCS4Africa 2013 was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and had a special focus on the food-water-energy nexus as pivotal pillars in addressing the climate change challenge in Africa. It was attended by over 450 participants from more than 25 countries.

Past Hosts

CITY OF EKURHULENI METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY, SOUTH AFRICA

CITY OF EKURHULENI METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY, SOUTH AFRICA

400 Delegates | 40 Countries
The City of Ekurhuleni, situated in Gauteng, South Africa, strives to provide sustainable and people-centred developmental services that are affordable, appropriate and of a high quality.

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locs4africa@iclei.org
 
+27 21 202 0381

The Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress is convened by ICLEI Africa.

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