Kenya is set to play host to a high-profile conference for Chief Justices from across the continent to discuss the role of courts in combating climate change in Africa.
The Symposium to be held in Nairobi from December 1 to 3 targets Chief Justices, senior judges, judicial educators, heads of education institutions, practitioners and experts from across the continent.
Dubbed “Greening Judiciary 2020”, the conference is a continental initiative focusing on building the capacity of judges to apply and enforce environmental laws and promote the rule of law in environmental matters. As part of the initiative, Judiciaries in the region have held two symposia in 2017 and 2018 in Johannesburg and Maputo respectively.
Chief Justice David Maraga will host his colleagues in a special session that will interrogate and provide guidance on how judiciaries and other key actors should promote climate-change related adjudication in Africa, focusing on collaboration between the three arms of government.
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Plenary discussions will include panel discussions as well as presentations of relevant conference papers by select experts in the fields of climate change science, policy and law.
Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the delegates will have the option of attending physically or virtually.
The UNEP 6th Global Environment Outlook (Regional Assessment Report for Africa) identifies climate change as one of the most pressing problems in Africa posing serious health and economic challenges.
The region said to be warming faster than the global average, with projections of a rise of 3-4 degrees Celcius this century and climate-sensitive diseases such as cholera, meningitis, malaria and Rift Valley fever likely to spread faster.