Prior to the UN Climate Conference, a UoN Vice Chancellor attends the African Adaptation Summit (COP27)

Along with other African and international leaders, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, Prof. Stephen Kiama, attended the African Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 5, 2022.

The primary result of the Summit's discussions was the formulation of a 5-point "Adaptation Breakthrough for Africa at COP27" and the following critical factors that would determine Africa's success at COP27:
Africa is at a tipping point, it is the continent most susceptible to the effects of the climate problem, adaptation money is being doubled up, and the AAAP upstream financing facility is being delivered.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA), declared: "Africa is unstoppable.
However, the disintegration of the global climate began in Africa.
Nobody wins if Africa doesn't address it.
Because the effects of climate change cannot be contained in Africa, rapid-scaling adaptation efforts are required.

The Summit made clear that Africa is warming more quickly than other continents.
Nine out of ten of the world's most vulnerable nations are in Africa due to its underlying socio-economic weaknesses.

The president of Senegal and chair of the African Union, Macky Sall, declared, "You have to adapt or perish.
We are powerless to choose.
Our window of opportunity is closing.
Africa needs to put adaptability first.
Africa must make significant investments in resilience and adaptation".

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who serves as the chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), emphasized his point when he said, "If we want Africa to thrive, we must adapt to climate change.