SouthSouthNorth (SSN) looks forward to Africa Climate Week (ACW)

SouthSouthNorth (SSN) will be present at Africa Climate Week (ACW) and Africa Climate Summit (ACS), which is taking place next week, from 4 to 8 September 2023, in Nairobi, Kenya. To find out more about ACW and ACS, please visit this United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) webpage.

If you are attending ACW or ACS, we would greatly appreciate your support in attending our events listed below and would love to connect with you. Please be on the lookout for our SSN representatives at the events and around the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).


If you cannot attend, you may be able to stream some of the ACW events on the UNFCCC website.

Tuesday, 5 September 2023



Understanding maladaptation in Africa: Informing best practice, policy and investment


Time: 07:00-08:00 EAT / 08:00-09:00 SAST

Venue: Mount Nimba

Session hosts: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Africa Group of Negotiator Experts Support (AGNES) and Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Track 4: Societies, health, livelihoods and economies


The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) shows there is growing evidence that some adaptation interventions sometimes produce unintended negative outcomes or exacerbate existing societal and ecological challenges, adversely affecting marginalised and vulnerable groups in particular. Maladaptation has significant economic, social and environmental consequences for Africa. Therefore, it is critical to address the structural challenges that contribute to maladaptation, and to provide pathways to avoid its occurrence.  

The session aims to:

  • facilitate the exchange of information and experiences between stakeholders from different subregions in Africa,
  • strengthen the knowledge base on maladaptation in the region, and
  • create a space to foster coordination and coherence among different sectors and levels of governance to ensure that adaptation efforts are integrated into policies, plans and strategies.



Wednesday, 6 September 2023



Understanding intersectionality in climate actions: An interactive game


Time: 14:45-15:15 EAT / 13:45-14:15 SAST

Venue: Main courtyard at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC)

Session host:Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Track 4: Societies, health, livelihoods and economies


This session will use CDKN’s ‘Climate and Society’ interactive game to showcase how people with different social, economic, cultural and physical statuses and attributes, including their gender roles and relations, interact with and contribute to their climate vulnerability and risk, and how their ability to contribute to disaster risk reduction, adaptation and climate-resilient development is affected by these attributes.


Supporting food security through low emissions long-term strategies


Time: 15:30-16:30 EAT / 14:30-15:30 SAST

Venue: River Limpopo 

Session host: The Africa Climate Action Partnership (AfCAP) Secretariat, hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN), will be co-hosting this side event with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4$H), Global Methane Hub (GMH) and United Nations Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centres (UNFCCC RCC)  

Track 3: Land, ocean, food & water


This session will explore mitigation options that have co-benefits for adaptation and enhancing the resilience of food systems. By examining two key agricultural sectors, namely the livestock sector and the paddy rice sector, the session will highlight exemplary practices that contribute to emissions reduction and increased resilience.



Friday, 8 September 2023



Ecosystem-based approaches for just climate action in African cities


Time: 09:00-10:00 EAT / 08:00-09:00 SAST

Venue: River Limpopo Room

Session host: Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN), with the World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI Africa and PlanAdapt

Track 2: Cities, urban and rural settlements, infrastructure and transport


By promoting dialogue between thought leaders, practitioners, activists and community organisers, this session plans to highlight the importance of equitable nature-based solutions and approaches as a means to address climate challenges. The session will delve into innovative strategies that empower communities, protect vulnerable populations and ensure that the benefits of climate resilience are shared equitably.


Exploring models for public-private collaboration in clean energy access


Time: 15:00-16:00 EAT / 14:00-15:00 SAST

Venue: Mount Nimba 

Session host: The Africa Climate Action Partnership (AfCAP) Secretariat, hosted by SSN, will be co-hosting this side event with the Camco, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Growing Government Engagement in Energy Access (GGEEA) and African Association for Rural Electrification (CLUB-ER)

Track 1: Energy systems & industry


This session will focus on the key enabling mechanisms that facilitate mini-grid deployment. It will also speak to the challenges and successes experienced by both the private and public sectors in aligning priorities and actions. The discussion will conclude by exploring options for improved collaboration, specifically how the private sector can act as an implementation partner in realising local governments’ nationally determined contribution (NDC) targets.



Additional sessions


Events hosted by the Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) Alliance partners can be found on the VCA website