NECJOGHA organizes first international Virtual climate café

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The Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA) is organizing a climate café scheduled for 3.00-5.00pm EAT on Tuesday August 25th, 2020.

NECJOGHA comprises of the 11 countries of the Greater Horn of Africa which include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

In the past years NECJOGHA has carried out climate cafes in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania under the Weather-Wise project funded by the DFID through the UKMet. However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 it’s now not possible to physically hold those cafes in the different countries. It is on this basis that NECJOGHA has decided to hold this virtual climate café.

The climate café also comes as UK prepares to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow (Scotland) from 1st November – 12th November 2021.

UK COP26 Envoy to Sub Saharan Africa, Paul Arkwright, said: “As incoming COP President, the UK is committed to working with all nations and stakeholders to accelerate climate ambition in 2020 and 2021. Building climate resilience is critical in East Africa and that’s why the work of the Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa is so important: to raise awareness of the risks and the actions needed.” 

A Climate cafe is a public discourse on the weather, climate and climate services especially climate forecasting services with end user interaction. It brings together various stakeholders in climate related sectors including climate scientists, the media, climate related sector experts including academia, farmers, fishermen, livestock keepers and energy sector experts for vibrant exchange of information. The use of climate information as an early warning and decision-making tool is discussed from various perspectives with a view to generating feedback for better climate services delivery.

The theme of the climate café is: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through climate information communication and application.

The café will take place on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 from 3.00pm- 5.00pm EST.

The link for registration to participate in the climate cafe Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353955339?pwd=UGkyY2tBVkV0WktkMXB1Z3kySG8vZz09

Meeting ID: 823 5395 5339

Passcode: 5GL6Eu

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