7 December 2011
UK medical journal The Lancet recently headlined climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” Yet this presents a triple-win opportunity for Africa with three development agendas. With just 12.3 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the global disease burden, harnessing health and poverty reduction goals to climate-change mitigation and adaptation strategies makes financial and logistical sense.
More than 600 million Africans in sub-Saharan Africa cannot access electricity in their homes from a grid. In order to improve this situation as quickly as possible, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has been working during 2011 on a new energy strategy for Africa with an emphasis on low carbon methods.
While Africa has long battled against the poverty that has scarred much of the continent for decades, the combat against climate change is relatively new. But they are not separate struggles. That was the idea that dominated a debate on climate finance at the climate change conference, or COP 17, in Durban.
- 09:00-13:00 Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture Case studies and community level experiences
- 09:00-13:00 Congo Basin Forest Fund Making REDD+ a Reality in Congo Basin Countries Reducing deforestaCon and forest degradation in Central Africa
- 09:00-13:00 Climate Investment Funds Investing in Renewable Energy for Development in Africa
- 11:30-13:00 African Risk Capacity
- 11:30-13:00 Towards a New Energy Strategy for Africa Priorities for new energy strategy at the African Development Bank
- 13:20-15:20 Roundtable Climate Finance for Africa
- 14:00-15:30 Climate Smart Agriculture
- 13:20-14:40 How Investments in Climate Research Pay Off for Farmers Climate research and the impact on small farmers
- 15:00-15:30 Press Briefing
- 15:00-16:30 Realizing the Potential Making the Most of Climate Finance in Africa Best use of resources for effective development
- 15:45-17:15 Clim-‐Dev: Generating and Using Research for Sustainable Planning
- 16:45-18:15 Climate Change Partnership High level side event to launch partnership to support adaptation in Eastern and Southern Africa
- 16:45-18:15 Role of Parliamentarians in Climate Change Negotiations Panel discussion
- 17:30-19:00 Question Time Panel audiences
- 18:30-20:00 Launch of ISS Report - Governance of Climate Finance Perspectives from Africa, Asia and Latin America
- 18:30-20:00 African Plan of Action for Public Health Adaptation to Climate Change High level side event
- 19:00-20:15 Regional Science Service Centres Novel type of institution providing cross-boundary support for adaptation to climate change and changing land use
- 20:15-21:45 Evening with TerrAfrica
Have your Say!
- Youth Discussion Forum: Share with us your innovative ideas, your experience and your projects. Tell your Story
- COP Forum: What do you think are the solutions to the changing environment?
- A blog by Mthuli Ncube, AfDB Chief Economist and Vice President: "AfDB: Championing Inclusive Growth Across Africa"