This year’s Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) theme, Financing for Change, aims to 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 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.
African city leaders are ready to take action and play their part in transforming their cities into livable, resilient and safe environments where residents can fulfill their true potential. Our 5th LoCS4Africa will be an opportunity for these leaders to take further steps towards these ambitions. The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled us to move the congress online. We will miss the face-to-face engagements that were planned, but also see this as a major opportunity to enact the new way of convening. - Dr. Meggan Spires, Senior Manager: Climate Change, Energy and Resilience, ICLEI Africa
ICLEI Africa and the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa have been working with cities for decades to enable local climate change action, and to advocate at national and international levels for the increased inclusion of subnational government in the decision making architecture of climate change policies, plans and actions. LoCS4Africa 2020 will be an unprecedented occasion for cities from across Africa to convene remotely, and progress these discussions with national government representatives, private sector leaders, community champions and top academics and researchers.
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
The congress programme will feature stimulating online sessions on interactive platforms, ensuring that everyone can get involved in innovative, thought-provoking discussions and learning sessions, regardless of connectivity and data challenges.