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Africa Commission Thematic Conference
on Climate Change in Africa

18 September 2008 | Nairobi, Kenya

The thematic conference on employment and economic growth in the context of climate change took place at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on 18 September. The event was the fourth in a series of five thematic conferences, initiated by the Danish government’s Africa Commission, on: the educational challenge in Africa; women and employment in Africa; African youth and employment; and creating economic growth in Africa, convened between June-October 2008, in various cities in Africa.

The event featured plenary discussions and five breakout groups which considered: water resources; food security and agricultural productivity; adaptation to climate change in urban areas; economic development and clean energy and avoiding deforestation. Over 100 regionally anchored representatives attended the one day meeting, including representatives from universities, research institutions, civil society, regional and international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, governments and think tanks.
H.E. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Kenya, highlighted the relevance of the meeting towards addressing climate change in the context of job creation.
Betty Maina, Executive Director, Kenya Association of Manufactures, underscored Africa’s vulnerability to climate change and corresponding implications for livelihoods.
Ib Petersen, Danish State Secretary for Development, officially closed the thematic conference on employment and economic growth: the challenge of climate change.
Christian Friis Bach, International Director, DanChurchAid
L-R: Ib Petersen, Danish State Secretary for Development; Betty Maina, Executive Director, Kenya Association of Manufactures; and Christian Friis Bach, International Director, DanChurchAid, after the closing session.
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