On May 30, 2023, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), supported by Development Reimagined (DR) hosted a roundtable discussion titled “Joining Hands to Realize an Africa-Led Biodiversity and Development Agenda.”
This inclusive event drew the participation of more than 15 African diplomats at the Ambassadorial level, alongside the esteemed CEO of AWF, Mr. Kaddu Sebunya, and the Senior Conservation Scientist at AWF, Dr. Nakedi Maputa, fostering an environment of collaboration and mutual understanding.
The central objective of this event was to establish a forum where diverse stakeholders could engage in meaningful conversations regarding the critical issues surrounding conservation and biodiversity in Africa. During these discussions, the assembled African diplomatic corps emphasized the significance of maintaining consistent and sustainable biodiversity efforts. Additionally, they highlighted the importance of proactive strategies to address the challenges posed by climate change adaptation and mitigation.
During a duration of three hours, the assembly observed an exchange of perspectives, as distinguished attendees posed insightful questions and collaboratively discussed remedies to the challenges under consideration. Noteworthy is the event’s objective to heighten the awareness of African Ambassadors about Africa’s conservation objectives, as delineated in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the APAC Kigali Call to Action, and the CBD Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).
In particular, the African Wildlife Foundation, the African Ambassadors, and Development Reimagined identified opportunities for jointly promoting collaboration between Africa and China on the implementation and realization of the CBD Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) goals and targets, and the realization of the APAC Kigali Call to Action as an articulation of Africa’s conservation priorities.
Development Reimagined is thankful to the African Wildlife Foundation for engaging Development Reimagined to help organise the roundtable dinner titled “Joining Hands to Realize an Africa-Led Biodiversity and Development Agenda”, and we look forward to further results on the ground from its success.
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Miss Judith Mwai
African Diplomacy/UN Agencies Engagement Lead