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KISUMU, Kenya, May 20 (Xinhua) -- African governments should focus on domestic resource mobilization in order to hasten the implementation of programs geared toward achieving carbon neutrality, campaigners said Friday at the ninth Africities summit underway in Kenya's western city of Kisumu.

Charles Mwangi, the acting executive director of the Nairobi-based Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), said that by mobilizing resources internally, the continent was in a better position to sustain financing for climate mitigation and adaptation.

According to Mwangi, domestic financing was key to promoting climate resilience in a continent grappling with a host of shocks including droughts, floods, cyclones and forest fires.

He believed that overreliance on foreign donors has failed to sustain Africa's climate war hence the need for governments to leverage local resources such as pension and insurance funds in their bid to achieve net-zero goal.

Mwangi said the ninth edition of Africities summit which runs until Saturday presented an opportunity for African municipal authorities to explore innovative funding mechanisms for climate response, stressing that resilience of Africa's rapidly growing cities in the face of climatic shocks hinged on investment in green mobility, sound waste management and adoption of clean energy.

More than 4,000 delegates including former heads of state and government, city mayors, ministers, innovators and entrepreneurs are attending the five-day Africities summit to chart a new road map for hastening the realization of urban renewal in the continent.

Topics discussed at the summit included the creation of safer cities through strategic engagement between public and private sectors, green mobility, affordable shelter and tackling water and sanitation woes in Africa's densely populated metropolises.

Mwangi said that sound policies and legislation, investments in clean technologies, and proactive engagement between communities and local governments were key to boosting climate resilience in African cities.

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