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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry at COP27

Conservation, Climate Adaptation, and a Just Energy Transition Forum

The first day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will include a session on Supporting Conservation, Climate Adaptation, and the Just Energy Transition. Under the theme of “Building Our Green Future Together,” this session will bring together African and U.S. stakeholders, including U.S. cabinet members, African heads of state and ministers, businesses, youth, and civil society and philanthropic organizations. The session will provide a forum for discussion and will showcase shared efforts to conserve and restore the continent’s ecosystems and rich natural resources—while also diversifying its energy matrix, realizing energy access and energy security goals, and building sustainable supply chains. Although the region is responsible for extremely low emissions per capita, it stands to suffer some of the most severe effects of climate change.

Session focus areas include: (1) conservation of nature-based economies, including forests and wildlife, and protecting Africa’s waters by combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; (2) climate adaptation, including initiatives under the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE) on climate-smart agriculture, forestry, and food security; and (3) the just energy transition, including how we are working together to accelerate African countries’ just transitions to a clean energy future that advances energy access, resilience and security.

The session will be held on December 13, 2022.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future