Road to COP28: Africa’s priorities, goals and vision

Africa’s top climate change thinkers and leaders unpack the continent’s priorities and prospects ahead of the conference.

As climate change impacts mount and the global transition to low-carbon is on a rollercoaster ride, Africa must use all available opportunities to craft strategies and partnerships to manage climate risks. Recent climate-related disasters, such as the catastrophic flood in Libya’s eastern city of Derna, have been a clarion call. New approaches are needed along with significantly more funding and support.

Join some of Africa’s top climate change thinkers and leaders to unpack priorities for the continent going into COP28. Discussions will cover how to rethink old approaches and add new ones, and consider the climate conference’s outcomes.

Moderator: Dhesigen Naidoo, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Security Studies


  • Brian Mantlana, Presidential Climate Commissioner and CSIR, South Africa
  • Guy Midgley, University of Stellenbosch School of Climate, South Africa
  • Alice Ruhweza, Senior Director, Policy Influence and Engagement, World Wildlife Foundation International
  • Lily Sanya, Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration, South Africa
  • Ngozi Amu, Head, Research and Analysis, UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Senegal
  • Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkhun, Head of Energy, UN Environment Programme, South Africa
  • Shem Simuyemba, Head of Climate and Resilience, African Development Bank
  • Sagal Abshir, ISS Advisory Board and Head of Climate and Security, UN Environment Programme, Kenya
Development partners
The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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