The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s (UNECA) premier COVID-19 recovery report, Building Forward for an African Recovery, will be amplified at the much-awaited “Leaders’ Summit on Climate,” whose date coincides with Earth Day, which is commemorated annually on April 22nd. This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Restoring Earth”.
Five African leaders are among the select 40 world Heads of State and Government attending the summit. They include President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and current chair of the African Union (AU), President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa. The five African countries are largely viewed as “climate champions” having demonstrated decisive and strong climate leadership by leading their respective nations in the uptake on innovative and transformative pathways towards green economies.