AfDB at Cancun Climate Change Conference

29/11/2010
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An African Development Bank (AfDB delegation has arrived in Cancun, Mexico, to participate in the Sixteenth Conference of Parties (COP 16) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place from November 29 to December 10, 2010.

The Bank’s delegation is led by President Donald Kaberuka, accompanied by the Vice President for operations, Kamal Elkheshen and staff from various departments. The AfDB is also supporting the participation of ministerial-level representatives of Regional Member Countries (RMCs) including African negotiators.   

The Bank will organize on 29 December 2010, a Side event on, ‘The Africa Green Fund’ which will take place on 29 December 2010. The main objective of the side event is to provide a platform for key stakeholders at the international level to discuss the proposed Africa Green Fund as an instrument to enable African countries gain enhanced access to global resources for the purpose of tackling climate change challenges on the continent.

A short presentation will be made on the Fund by the Compliance and Safeguards Manager, Anthony Nyong, followed by a high-level discussion to be moderated by Madeleine Mukabano, a long time contributor and former presenter at Radio France Internationale (RFI). Potential discussants include the AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, the African Union (AUC) Chairperson, Jean Ping, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary, Abdoulie Janneh, and the CEO of Africa-Wide Civil Society Climate Change Initiative for Policy Dialogues (ACCID), Lindiwe Sibanda.

Members of the delegation will also participate in several other events including the launch of the Climate Investment Fund’s (CIFs) first annual report, the Nairobi Framework Partners Side Event and the UNFCCC High-Level segment.

The Bank’s participation at the conference is aimed at increasing its visibility within the global climate change community, particularly with regards to its efforts and experience in promoting climate compatible development in Africa and in managing climate-related funds.  The AfDB will also build on its existing partnerships and networks to implement climate change programs in Africa.

The UNFCCC was established in 1992 at the Rio Summit to address global warming and its consequences. The COP is the UNFCCC’s highest decision-making authority and its sessions take place once a year to specify rules for implementation.

A short presentation will be made on the Fund by the Compliance and Safeguards Manager, Anthony Nyong, followed by a high-level discussion to be moderated by Madeleine Mukabano, a long time contributor and former presenter at Radio France Internationale (RFI). Potential discussants include the AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, the African Union (AUC) Chairperson, Jean Ping, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary, Abdoulie Janneh, and the CEO of Africa-Wide Civil Society Climate Change Initiative for Policy Dialogues (ACCID), Lindiwe Sibanda.

Members of the delegation will also participate in several other events including the launch of the Climate Investment Fund’s (CIFs) first annual report, the Nairobi Framework Partners Side Event and the UNFCCC High-Level segment.

The Bank’s participation at the conference is aimed at increasing its visibility within the global climate change community, particularly with regards to its efforts and experience in promoting climate compatible development in Africa and in managing climate-related funds.  The AfDB will also build on its existing partnerships and networks to implement climate change programs in Africa.

The UNFCCC was established in 1992 at the Rio Summit to address global warming and its consequences. The COP is the UNFCCC’s highest decision-making authority and its sessions take place once a year to specify rules for implementation.