COP: Pursuing progress, achieving commitments

COP is a key organ of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), adopted in 1992 following the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  Its aim is to understand and find solutions to the negative effects of climate change.

As part of this common, global vision of combatting climate change, most of the world's countries have met almost every year since 1995.

Since Copenhagen, successive COP sessions have achieved progress in many areas, culminating in the adoption of last year's Paris Agreement after COP21.

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Climate change and the AfDB: a chronology

For more than a decade the AfDB has been firmly committed to strengthening Africa's resilience to climate change, gradually strengthening its actions and expertise to support member countries.  This commitment and dynamism have continued to grow in recent years.  The theme of the Bank's 2016 Annual Meetings, which were held in Lusaka, was "energy and climate change".

As set out in its Ten Year Strategy (2013-2022) promoting countries’ transition towards green growth, and its High 5s agenda redefining the Bank’s development priorities for Africa, the AfDB works tirelessly to assist African countries in their efforts to achieve climate-smart development.

The table below shows the milestones and key dates in the AfDB's growing commitment to effective climate action:

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"The cost of inaction will be too high. We must act, and act decisively."

Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

Sept. 6, 2015

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