Programme

Tuesday, 16 February, 2021

Wednesday, 17 February, 2021

14:00 CET

Opening and welcome: Introduction to the HLPD & CCSE Working Group

Dr Leah Naess Wanambwa, African Union Commission
Dr Philippe Schild, European Commission

14:30 CET

Session 1: COVID-19 recovery and resilience

a. What climate justice measures are needed to ensure access to energy, climate change adaptation, resilience and secure health in the context of Covid-19 among African and European countries?

Keynote speaker:

  • Stéphane Hallegatte, Lead Economist Climate Change Group, World Bank Group
  • Rafael Tuts, Director of Programme Division, UN-Habitat

b. How can gender sensitive measures be designed to address access to energy and public health concerns simultaneously?

Keynote speaker:

  • Anthony Nyong, Director for Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank

c. How are African Small Island Developing States, largely economically dependent on tourism and heavily impacted by COVID-19 crisis, planning to recover taking the opportunity to integrate low carbon and climate resilience in their recovery plans?

Keynote speaker:

  • Rito Èvora, National Director of Industry, Commerce and Energy, Trade and Energy of Cabo Verde
  • Jean-Paul Adam, Director Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

15:30 CET

Discussion Groups

The audience will be divided into 8 groups of up to 15 participants, moderated each by two members of the CCSE WG. The participation of AU and EU members is balanced.

Each group elaborates the above highlighted key questions and discusses possible solutions and needed next actions to tackle questions.

16:30 - 16:45 CET

Plenary Session

Report from the discussion groups [8 x 5mn]: each moderator will present the outcome of his/her group and 2-3 actions to be done; focus on mid-term actions.

17:15 - 17:30 CET

Final remarks and closing

14:00 CET

Opening and wrap-up of the day before

Dr Leah Naess Wanambwa, African Union Commission
Dr Philippe Schild, European Commission

14:30 CET

Session 2: The Health-Energy-Climate Nexus

a. Africa and Europe are dealing with regional changes in aerosol load and the possibility of increasing regional risks in response to severe weather conditions associated with climate change (e.g. localised heat waves and changing precipitation geographically). What can possible scenarios and solutions be?

Keynote speaker:

  • Dr Aïda Diongue-Niang, Advisor, Senegal Meteorological Service
  • Prof Dr Alexander Baklanov, Science Officer & Dr Roberta Boscolo, Climate and Energy Scientific Officer, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

b. How is indoor pollution related to health problems and what are possible solutions and future scenarios?

Keynote speaker:

  • Sandra Cavalieri, Urban Health Initiative Coordinator, Climate & Clean Air Coalition

c. How well is the energy support infrastructure of healthcare systems in Africa and Europe prepared to handle and manage the demands of an increased number of patients e.g. through air pollution and GHG emissions plus Covid-19? How can this need be met in a sustainable way?

Keynote speaker:

  • Sherry Kennedy, Director of Communications, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
  • Dr Kirsten Westphal, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

15:30 CET

Discussion Groups

The audience will be divided into 8 groups of up to 15 participants, moderated each by two members of the CCSE WG. The participation of AU and EU members is balanced.

Each group elaborates the above highlighted key questions and discusses possible solutions and needed next actions to tackle questions.

16:30 CET

Short Break

16:45 CET

Plenary Session

Report from the discussion groups [8 x 5mn]: each moderator will present the outcome of his/her group and 2-3 actions to be done; focus on mid-term actions.

17:15 - 17:30 CET

Final remarks and closing