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COP23: The African Development Bank at the world climate conference
A delegation of experts from the African Development Bank (AfDB) will be attending the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), from 6 to 17 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany. The meeting will bring together some 15 to 20 thousand delegates from the globe.
AfDB, speaking in the interest of Africa on the international scene
Highly represented at previous COP events to make the voice of Africa better heard in global climate negotiations and to defend the continent’s interests in the international arena, the African Development Bank will continue to advocate as well as pursue its mission: Providing African countries with the appropriate means to address climate change and to opt for green, low-carbon development.
Paris Agreement: after ratification, implementation is the goal
So far, Paris Agreement has been ratified by 168 countries - including 43 African nations - as well as by the European Union.
But two years after Paris, what progress has been made in the fight against climate change and the funding promises made by rich countries (an extra US$ 100 million per year by 2020)? How are countries to report their actions? What should be done to ensure that the rich nations keep their promises? How can it be ensured that the most vulnerable countries, mostly African, are not harmed? How should one prepare for the consequences of the withdrawal of the United States announced in June 2017 by president Donald Trump, even if this withdrawal cannot be effective until November 2020?
The specific task of COP23 includes: making progress on the rules of application of the Paris Agreement. And the African Development Bank will ensure that the interests of its 54 regional member countries are not adversely affected in this new and crucial step. In addition, the programme is set to be extensive, with panel discussions, presentations and bilateral meetings.
15 November: Africa Day
November 15, marks Africa Day in COP23. This is a celebration jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union (AU), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
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