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Climate Change and Green Growth Days

Event location: 
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

WHO:   The Climate Change and Green Growth Department (PECG) 

WHAT:   Climate Change and Green Growth Day

WHERE:  Babacar Ndiaye Auditorium, African Development Bank Headquarters, Abidjan

WHEN:    27 May 2019

The African Development Bank will host a Climate Change and Green Growth Day on 27 May 2019 at its headquarters in Abidjan. The event is part of efforts to create a platform to highlight each sector’s contribution to achieving the Bank’s ambitious climate change and green growth goals.

The day will be marked by a symposium on a general theme: ‘Moving from emergency relief to building resilience,” featuring two panels on the achievements made and challenges faced in addressing climate change through Bank activities across all sectors.

Bank President Akinwumi Adesina will make an opening address at the symposium.

The first panel of the symposium will explore approaches, opportunities and challenges in building resilience in Africa, while the second will discuss financing and business models for building climate-resilience in Africa.

Climate Change poses significant challenges to Africa’s economic development. The continent is already experiencing its impact, evidenced by stress on its water resources and reduced crop productivity. Climate change has also led to changes in the incidence and geographic range of parasitic and water borne diseases like malaria, due to increasing temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. The recent cyclones Idai and Kenneth, are considered to be the worst hurricanes in the southern hemisphere in recent years, resulting in direct economic losses of about $2 billion.

The Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Director, Prof. Anthony Nyong, named among world’s “100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy”, says: “It’s important that everybody understands that climate change is a cross-cutting issue. It shows up everywhere, in every sector. It has evolved from an environmental worry to a threat on global development, particularly in Africa. The African Development Bank is demonstrating a strong commitment at both policy and implementation level, to climate compatible development in Africa”.

Participants will be also  invited to an exhibition (located in foyer of the HQ building),  highlighting the Bank’s work in Energy, Agriculture and Forestry, Water, Transport and Cities, Gender and Human Development, and Climate Information Services.