The Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development (ACSD) was conceived during Italy’s G7 Presidency in 2017, at the Environment Ministers meeting in Bologna. The Bologna meeting focused on the priority themes of the global environmental challenge, such as the state of implementation of the goals set by the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN 2030 Agenda.

As a guiding theme of the Italian Presidency, one of the key sessions of the meeting took the form of an interactive dialogue between G7 ministers, a number of African ministers and heads of agencies, devoted to an analysis of the global challenges in the implementation of the Agenda 2030, of the impact that growing and emerging environmental challenges had on developing countries and, in particular, on the sustainable development prospects of the Africa region; and of the responsibilities of the G7 countries in ensuring a better coordinated, effective and meaningful response to the demands articulated by partner countries in Africa.

In implementing the G7 decision, the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) took the decision to set up the “Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development” (ACSD).

On 28 January 2019 the ACSD was launched in Rome on the basis of a tripartite agreement between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This ceremony marked the formal beginning of our ACSD journey.

Quotes from the inauguration