The AfDB President and the Copenhagen Conference

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On Monday 14 December 2009, the AfDB held two major events in Copenhagen, on the sidelines of the climate change conference (7-18 December 2009).

The day commenced with the Bank Group President, Donald Kaberuka, having a luncheon with the press. Mr. Kaberuka presented his expectations of the Copenhagen conference during the luncheon. He presented, in particular, the Bank’s vision regarding climate change, adding that the issue of climate change could not be dissociated from development challenges. He recalled Bank assistance to Africa’s position in the negotiations.

The first event organized by the Bank focused on the Congo Basin and the means needed to preserve the 200 million hectares of forest. The events brought together many participants.

The second event was devoted to AfDB policy on climate change. The focus was on the new ClimDev-Africa Special Fund set up by the Bank Group.