Recent assessments of possible impacts of continued increases in temperatures at the global scale suggest that the risks of temperature rise of a projected 2 degrees-celsius would be more devastating than initially thought (IPCC, 2018). According to the IPCC (2018), such risks would depend on the geographical location, the magnitude and rate of warming, the levels of vulnerability and socio-economic development, and on the implementation of mitigation and adaptation mechanisms. While these factors vary greatly across the globe, the risks of temperature increases would be more severe in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly countries like Kenya that lie on the equator (Serdeczny et al., 2016). This is because due to its latitudinal location, the magnitude and rate of warming in this region is high (NASAC, 2015), and the inhabitants have low adaptive capacity which limits their ability to implement any mitigation or adaptation measures, leaving them vulnerable to climatic variability (UNDP, 2007).

In Africa, and Kenya in particular, climate change has been perceived as a problem rather than an opportunity that can be harnessed and exploited for sustainable socio-economic empowerment. Therefore the Sustainable Climate Action in Africa Conference (SCAAC), 2020 is an initiative to leverage the participation of Africa and other partners in climate action in order to accelerate the attainment of the Africa 2063 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Conference is an exciting, educative and informative annual event with a local and international rationale, aimed at maintaining lively dialogue and action on Climate Ambition. This Conference will begin with a keynote address on global climate change and action trends, followed by a series of presentations on the conference sub-themes.