On Thursday, 2 September 2021, the Embassy of France in South Africa, with the support of the University of Pretoria and Future Africa, will host a debate on Africa's priorities when it comes to global environmental issues.

The debate will engage stakeholders to finalise the report on Climate, Land, Agriculture and Biodiversity (CLAB), drawn up by a pan-African high-level science committee gathered under the leadership of Future Africa. In June this year, this group of scientists and development practitioners from across the African continent gathered to work on an African contribution linked to their respective fields of expertise. These included climate change, food security, sustainable development, land management and agriculture.

With major international events on climate and biodiversity scheduled for this year - including the IUCN World Nature Congress, the COP15 on Biological Diversity, the COP26 on Climate Change and the COP15 to Combat Desertification - African voices need to be heard.

The goal of this report is to support African governments to create an enabling environment and tools for the effective implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions and to propose solutions adapted to the reality and diversity of the African continent.

This initiative is supported by the French Development Agency, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) will also participate in the debate.

DATE:  2 September 2021
TIME: 10:00am
LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgMdOfaVPvinpFuePm41USA