Multilateral Development Banks agree to reinforce climate financing in advance of UN summit

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The AfDB is strongly committed to financing climate resilient and low-carbon development in Africa.

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The world’s six multilateral development banks on Thursday, September 11 reaffirmed their shared commitment to lead by example by continuing to reinforce and further develop climate financing through a joint statement issued in advance of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit being convened in New York on September 23.

The African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and World Bank Group (WBG) together pledged to maintain a strong institutional focus on climate change. This will include leveraging additional private sector investment, continuing to innovate and promote more robust and transparent climate finance tracking and reporting.

AfDB has committed to investing US $10 billion as part of its Climate Change Action Plan covering the period 2011–2015. The Bank’s climate finance investment from 2011 to 2013 stands at US $5 billion; therefore it is on target to deliver its commitment.

Since they began jointly tracking climate finance flows in 2011, the six multilateral development banks have delivered nearly US $75 billion in financing to help developing countries and emerging economies respond to the challenges of climate change. On average, about 80% of this lending has supported investment in mitigation activities and 20% to adaptation.

The statement also confirmed the intention of the multilateral development banks to count and track climate finance investments in the same way. This is expected to enable greater cooperation and shared experience between the banks and other financial bodies involved in climate action.

With their ability to catalyze public and private funds, the multilateral development banks have successfully attracted and deployed climate financing to support low-carbon resilient growth in developing countries and emerging economies.


AfDB contacts
Technical contact: Uzoamaka Nwamarah, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department,

Media contact: Penelope Pontet de Fouquières, Communications Specialist, Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department,

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