The Africa Europe Climate Alliance: The urgency to reimagine the common future of Africa and Europe

About The Webinar

Join former BBC Foreign Correspondent Karen Allen along with Mary Robinson, Chair of the Elders and former President of Ireland, and Saliem Fakir, Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation as they explore the objectives and ideas behind the recently launched Africa/Europe Climate Alliance. 
They will discuss, among other things, the impact of Covid-19 on the climate, how equitable access to vaccines could be a precursor to climate justice and why having the right leaders in place is fundamental to combating climate change. 

  • Karen Allen is formerly a BBC Foreign Correspondent based in Africa, Afghanistan and United Kingdom. She has now made South Africa her home and splits her time between consulting for the Institute of Security Studies on emerging threats in Africa and continuing to prioritise storytelling. She runs a consultancy Producing Podcasts and motion infographics and writes for a number of publications.

  • Mary Robinson is Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of The Elders.  She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. Between 2013 and 2016 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate. Her Foundation, the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, established in 2010, came to a planned end in April 2019.

  • Saliem Fakir is the Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation. Prior to establishing the ACF, Saliem served as the Head of the Policy & Futures Unit of WWF South Africa for 11 years. Prior to that he served as Director of the World Conservation Union, South Africa (IUCN-SA) for eight years. Saliem has served on a number of Boards and is a prolific writer who contributes regularly to leading South African publications like Engineering News, Business Day and the Daily Maverick.

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  • Karen Allen

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  • Mary Robinson

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