African Climate Policy Centre Calls for Regional Strategy on Climate Change

9 March 2011: Youba Sokona, Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), underlined that the impacts of climate change on the African continent are "too severe and multi-faceted to be tackled by national institutions alone," and called for a regional strategy that brings together the common efforts and aspirations of the countries in the region.

Sokona was speaking at the 2011 Africa-Adapt Climate Change Symposium, which was held from 9-11 March 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the theme “linking national and international policy to practices” in climate change issues. He said that the goal of the ACPC is to foster the process of making development more sustainable and managing associated climate risks by initiating activities that inform decision making at various levels on ways to achieve these goals. Underlining African ownership of the ACPC mandate and programme, Sokona indicated that the details of the ACPC's work programme would be identified by the Centre's stakeholders at various levels, though a process facilitated by the Regional Economic Communities and the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Sub Regional Offices. [UNECA Press Release] [ACPC Website]