The COP27 climate summit this November will be held in Egypt on the African continent which is facing worsening economic conditions and consequences of the climate crisis – from deadly floods to crop-withering droughts – despite being responsible for only 3% of carbon emissions. Meanwhile, over 750 million Africans lack access to electricity, while food insecurity, rising fuel prices, and increasing loss and damages put lives at risk.

This climate summit has the potential to be a turning point in addressing Africa’s climate, nature, food, and energy crises – but only if developed countries step forward with political will and much more funding for the action that is needed to prepare for more frequent and severe climate impacts, manage irreversible losses and damages, protect vital landscapes and transition to a low-carbon future.

Join us on October 18 to hear from WRI experts and youth leaders about what is at stake for Africa at COP27 and set expectations for a successful outcome. Speakers will reflect on a range of urgent topics, including how to restore forests, protect food supplies, build thriving and resilient cities, build resilience to climate change and support communities at speed and scale when impacts are so severe that adaptation is no longer feasible.


  • Rebekah Shirley, Director, Research, Data & Innovation, Africa

Speakers and Discussants:

  • Susan Chomba, Director, Vital Landscapes, Africa
  • Hellen Wanjohi, Resilient Cities Lead, Africa
  • Shehnaaz Moosa, SouthSouthNorth


  • Ineza Grace, Loss & Damage Youth Collaborative