In order to enhance the capacity of Africa’s Negotiations on achieving better Climate Change deal in the global negotiations, the UNECA has Recruited bright young Lawyers from Across Africa to backstop the African countries and team of negotiators by providing expert advice and opinions prior to, during and after regional or global Climate change meetings and negotiations and to review and draft clauses and legal instruments in that regard.


To that end, one lawyer each was recruited from various African Countries including Sierra Leone and one of Sierra Leone’s Finest Lawyers, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. has been recruited and Approved by UNECA.

The Young African Lawyers (YAL) Programme is aimed at developing the Capacity of Young African Lawyers to support Africa’s Negotiations so that Africa can get the best possible deal out of the negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) which has resulted in the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

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In order to prepare him for this task, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. is currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a Workshop and Training on Climate Change Negotiations and will also attend the 16th African Conference on Climate Change and the implementation of the Paris Agreement as a Guest and delegate of UNECA.

On completion on the 20th October 2016, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. Will return to Sierra Leone where he has been mandated to work with the national Focal Person on Climate Change and other stakeholders to prepare Sierra Leone’s position and plans for the global negotiations to come. He will later join the rest of the recruited African Lawyers to provide support to the African Delegates at the Global Climate Change Conference scheduled for Marakesh, Morocco on the 7th November 2016.