As governments across Africa gathered for the UN-led Africa Climate Week in Ghana, simultaneously, 40 young African change makers from 11 countries across the continent came together in South Africa with their counterparts from the United Kingdom. The aim of the roundtable dialogue was to provide a platform for the emerging generation of leaders to discuss how individuals, societies, and governments can become more resilient in their responses to climate change.

Increasing the connections between the UK and Africa on climate is of enormous mutual benefit and this conference built on the existing partnerships and stimulated new ones. This renewed and modern UK-African partnership in turn can strengthen the case for international action.

Calling themselves the #Resilient40, this next generation of leaders created a platform to build momentum to face this threat and to improve climate resilience across Africa. They discussed how the climate crisis is already affecting them and their societies, and developed ideas for solutions to increase resilience to face the threats ahead, sharing expertise across the continent. Each individual committed to taking their own actions to build resilience to climate change, equipped by the conference with knowledge, insights, and tools to allow them to mobilise their communities to increase resilience to climate change.

Catch the conference highlights, download the detailed report of thought-provoking discussions that took place, meet members of the #Resilient40, or apply to join this network of change makers below!