The Africa Carbon Forum is organized by the Nairobi Framework partners: the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB).


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Based in Bonn, Germany, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat provides organizational support and technical expertise to the negotiations and institutions of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. Included in this mandate is support to the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism (CDM), through which projects in developing countries can earn saleable credits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To date, there are more than 7,500 registered projects in 105 countries. The CDM is recognized as a success in spurring investment in climate change mitigation and sustainable development although regional distribution of the projects remains open for improvement.

Contact: Fatima-Zahra Taibi, [email protected]


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is the United Nationsí designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEPís work emphasizes strengthening links between environmental sustainability and economic decision-making, an emerging nexus for public policymaking and market development. In the area of climate change, UNEP's approach aims at reducing barriers to market development, building capacities, and easing the costs and risks of entry of new actors, in both the public and private sectors. As a founding member of the Nairobi Framework, UNEP works on a range of activities to help developing countries become more active in the carbon market and achieve low carbon development.

Contact: Miriam Hinostroza, [email protected]


The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is a non-profit business organization of major companies and the leading voice of this community on emissions trading, whose goal is to ensure that the objectives of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and, ultimately, climate protection, are met. IETA works for the development of an active, global greenhouse gas market, consistent across national boundaries. IETA currently has over 175 member companies from around the world, including global leaders in oil, electricity, cement, aluminum, chemical, paper and banking; as well as leading firms in the data verification and certification, brokering and trading, legal and consulting industries. IETA members seek to develop an emissionís trading regime that results in real and verifiable greenhouse gas emission reductions, balancing economic efficiency with environmental integrity and social equity.

Contact: Lisa Spafford, [email protected]


The World Bank Group (WBG) - The World Bank Groupís mission is to help developing countries and their people reach the goals of poverty alleviation and sustainable development by working with our partners. The World Bank Group has played a pioneering role in engendering the carbon market, and so far utilized over $2 billion in promoting carbon mitigation projects, including in Africa. The World Bank Groupís participation in the Africa Carbon Forum is being coordinated by the CF-Assist team, the World Bank Groupís flagship capacity building program implemented by the Climate Change Group.

Contact: Maja Murisic, [email protected]


The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution with the overarching objective of fostering sustainable economic development and social progress in its Regional Member Countries (RMCs), thereby contributing to poverty reduction. The Bank achieves this objective by mobilising and allocating resources for investments in its RMCs and providing policy advice as well as technical assistance to support development efforts. The African Development Bank is presently the largest financier of clean energy on the African continent, having mobilized USD 4.3 billion to support clean energy development between 2007 and 2012.

Contact: Kurt Lonsway, [email protected]


Supporting organizations


The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was established in 1964 and promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development. The organization works to fulfill this mandate by carrying out three key functions: (1) It functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building; (2) It undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts and (3) It provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries, with special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and of economies in transition. When appropriate, UNCTAD cooperates with other organizations and donor countries in the delivery of technical assistance.

Contact: Henrique Pacini, [email protected] 





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