The 2020 Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) theme, Financing for Change, responded 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 respond effectively to climate change impacts that manifest at the local level, and harness the emission reduction potential in cities.
All levels of government are essential in unlocking funding for local action. Mobilising finance cannot occur without effective multi-level governance. In particular, national government plays a vital role in creating an enabling environment for cities to access climate finance. Similarly the private sector has a vital role to play in working with government to harness private and public expertise, innovations and resources.
When all relevant partners work together to unlock finance where it is needed most, implementing local, national and international climate change commitments is possible. We must increase the ambition of current climate change commitments if we are to keep global warming below 2°C, a threshold scientists have warned that, if crossed, would result in unprecedented impacts.
All the sessions during this pioneering virtual congress were recorded and can be watched at any time on the ICLEI Africa Youtube channel.
Our 5th Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress builds 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