OECD COP28 Virtual Pavilion


Seyni Nafo

Africa Adaptation Initiative



Ambassador Seyni Nafo has made significant contributions to Africa, and the developing world, in the fields of climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development. In September 2020, he was invited by United Nations Secretary General H.E. Antonio Guterres joins his High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Action. Early 2020, he was appointed by CEO Patrick Van Verkoijen as the Senior Adviser for Africa of the Global Center on Adaptation, which manages the Global Commission on Adaptation chaired by Ban Ki-moon and co-led by Kristalina Georgieva and Bill Gates. In the UN climate negotiations, Amb. Nafo served as Chair of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) representing 54 African countries from 2016 to2017. He has been the AGN Spokesperson since 2011. In 2016, Amb. Nafo was the Vice-President of the Bureau of the UN Climate Talks in Morocco (with Hon. Minister Mezzouar of Morocco as President). During the historic Paris Climate Talks in 2015, (COP21), he led negotiations for Africa, and for the G77 and China representing over 135 developing countries.

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