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07-Dec-2019

COP 25 : Les Parlementaires africains appelés à parler d’une seule voix pour se faire entendre

« Les Parlementaires africains doivent parler d’une seule voix pour se faire entendre dans les négociations climatiques », a déclaré Arona Soumaré, expert principal en changement climatique et croissance verte à la Banque africaine de développement, ce jeudi lors de la 25è session de la conférence des Parties sur le Climat (COP 25).  « Pour la mise en œuvre effective de l'Accord de Paris, les parlements doivent prendre des décisions fortes de manière plus concertée pour faire face aux changements climatiques. Les engagements pris doivent être traduits dans les...
29-Nov-2019

Hola, Madrid! African Development Bank takes the continent’s climate agenda to COP25 in Spain

The African Development Bank will on Monday kick off a campaign to present the continent’s case at the world’s leading climate change conference. The 25th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) comes at a crucial time for the globe and Africa in particular. In recent years, rising temperatures have wreaked havoc with weather patterns, leading to suffocating heat and devastating storms. In Africa, the climate has exacerbated food shortages and destroyed infrastructure. African countries know all too well the risks...
26-Nov-2019

African Development Bank at COP25

WHO:                         African Development Bank Group WHAT:                       25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) WHERE:                     IFEMA, Madrid, Spain WHEN:   ...
27-Dec-2018

Mainstreaming resilience and financing for sustainable and inclusive urban development in Africa

In Africa, as elsewhere, urbanized locations exert pressure on already vulnerable populations impacted by lack of access to potable water supply, sanitation and waste management, energy supply, transport infrastructure and services. With nearly 90 percent of global population growth occurring in Asian or African cities, the goal of improving the quality of life for the people of Africa will only be achieved by mainstreaming resilience and effective financing mechanisms into the continent’s urban development agenda.  This was the key message of expert deliberations at...
21-Dec-2018

Powering Small Developing Island States with 100% renewable energy

At the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP24), in Katowice, Poland, the global community fleshed out the rules to govern the Paris Agreement. Rules necessary to ensure the most vulnerable communities are not left alone to deal with the adverse effects in a world in which global warming has risen above 1.5°C. The effects of global warming are already affecting countries and regions around the world. This is especially the case for Small  Developing Island Nations (SIDS) like the Seychelles. The Republic of the Seychelles is one of the island...
20-Dec-2018

Africa’s quest for a sustainable future will ride on the back of resiliency, financing and planning mechanisms

This year’s UN Climate Summit (COP24) has come and gone. For the over 20,000 partiticpants who made the journey to Katowice, Poland for the summit, COP24 was mostly about getting global attention for the climate change issues in their respective jurisdictions. For delegates from Africa, the summit was more than a show-shop: COP24 was an opportunity for the continent to recalibrate its climate change aspirations and credentials. The central role that transport and cities play in the continent’s movement towards low carbon development was the theme of several events hosted by...
20-Dec-2018

Supporting transboundary actions to address climate change

Approximately 64% of the African Continent is found within a transboundary river or lake basin, or sits on a transboundary aquifer, containing 805 freshwater resources. As climate change exacerbates challenges already inherent in Africa’s hydrological cycle, and affects different parts of a watershed differently, it is clear that there is a need to highlight the importance of transboundary perspectives in adaptation and decision-making, and support efforts to include these within states planning and actions, including finance activities.  Whilst states are the most important actors...
19-Dec-2018

“Desert to Power Initiative” for Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said a lack of energy remains as a significant impediment to Africa’s economic and social development. As a result the AfDB has embarked on a huge desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewable power-house titled “Desert to Power Initiative”. This solar project is set to stretch across the Sahel region and expected to connect 250 million people with electricity by tapping into the region’s abundant solar resource. According to AfDB, energy poverty in Africa is estimated to cost the continent 2-4 % GDP annually. Recently, the details...
19-Dec-2018

Fossil fuel extraction in Africa: carbon risks and economic realities

To achieve its Nationally Determined Contributions and reduce dependence on high-carbon sectors, Africa needs to strengthen its policies, build institutions and mechanisms to strengthen governance, and attract climate investment. On Policy Day at the African Development Bank’s Pavilion at COP24, in a session titled “Managing Carbon Risks and Raising Climate Ambition - New Policy Approaches for Countries with Fossil Fuels”, the African Development Bank partnered with London-based Chatham House to explore what better coordinated approaches to carbon risk would look...
19-Dec-2018

Lutter contre le changement climatique en Afrique: Gérer les risques liés aux émissions de CO2 et relever les ambitions des pays

Lors du dernier jour de la Conférence des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (COP24), vendredi 14 décembre 2018, la Banque africaine de développement a organisé en son Pavillon une table ronde sur la gestion des risques liés aux émissions de dioxyde de carbone par les pays exploitant des combustibles fossiles. L’événement a permis de mettre au jour de nouvelles approches politiques dont pourraient s’inspirer les pays africains dotés d’énergies fossiles, afin de mieux gérer les risques liés aux émissions de gaz carbonique et de rehausser leurs ambitions en la matière...
19-Dec-2018

Tricky challenges: getting adaptation funds to the people who need them

70% of the African population rely on land and agriculture for their livelihoods. Yet the land and water that farmers work on to produce crops, fish and livestock is at more risk from climate shocks than any other continent. In a recent study, the prevalence of climate shocks over a five-year period was highest in Africa where 74% of households on average had experienced a climate shock in the past five years. For instance, drought in the Sahel region last year led to widespread pasture and water deficits, with Mauritania and northern Senegal being the most affected....
18-Dec-2018

Curtain falls on COP24 in Poland: African Development Bank more resolute than ever to fight against climate change in Africa

The curtain has fallen on COP24, this year’s global climate summit held in Katowice, Poland. However, negotiations continued throughout the weekend to reach agreement on specific parts of the 'rulebook' to be applied  from 2020 by the 197 signatories of the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to 2°C-1.5°C relative to pre-industrial levels. Intense negotiations,  modest progress, determined African negotiators For two years, the 50 African countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement focused on the need to construct a specific, transparent framework for...
18-Dec-2018

Africa must not be short-changed by climate finance, says expert panel at COP24

Climate change presents a US$3 trillion investment opportunity in Africa by 2030 – and the private sector will be key to green investment and development, Barbara Buchner, one of the top 20 influential women in climate change, has said. , Buchner, who is also the Executive Director for Climate Finance Program at Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) lent her voice to those of other experts at the Finance Day organized by the African Development Bank at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. A range of high-profile speakers set out the challenges and opportunities for financing...
17-Dec-2018

Private sector is the key to Africa’s green economic transformation

The private sector is key to mobilising green investment and sustainable development in Africa. Climate change presents a US$3 trillion investment opportunity in Africa by 2030. 75% of the investment is expected to come from the private sector to complement public sector financing. This calls for innovative approaches to attract and steer financial flows consistent with a pathway towards low-carbon and climate-resilient development. In addition to being a force for financing, the private sector in Africa is important in mitigating climate change and implementing adaptation measures. With...
17-Dec-2018

Sustainability and development in informal cities: two sides of the same coin

More than 80% of Africa’s population growth over the next 30 years will occur in cities. Urban centres will generate the bulk of C02 emissions and waste, while also remaining highly vulnerable to climate impacts. On 8th December, 2018, the African Development Bank outlined the issues around urbanisation during a series of sessions for ‘Transport and Cities Day’ at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. In sessions covering The State of African Cities, Resilient Pathways for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa, Transport Emissions Monitoring and Mapping and ...
17-Dec-2018

Green Enterprises are the future to a climate-resilient Africa

With only one day remaining of the UN Climate summit COP24 in Poland, countries are still negotiating how the Paris Agreement should be implemented, and developing a detailed rulebook that will limit the rise in the global temperature to below 2 degrees, and thus avoid catastrophe. The African Development Bank has hosted a number of events during this UN climate conference as a way to highlight the initiatives that work on climate change in Africa. Many of the Bank’s initiatives show the importance of more collaboration and linkages between the private sector and communities...
14-Dec-2018

The land, agriculture and forestry nexus at the heart of African sustainability

How Africa manages its land, agriculture and forestry is of critical importance to the health of its people, its economy and the world’s climate. Not only is Africa the continent with the greatest potential to increase productivity; it also has the highest percentage of rainfed agriculture and therefore among the most vulnerable areas to climate impacts. With 60% of the continent’s trade derived from agricultural commodities, it is not surprising that Africa is increasingly recognizing the need for robust adaptation programs and climate smart agriculture. Alongside this, the forests...
14-Dec-2018

COP24: Increased water financing, infrastructure is key to ensuring cross-border water security in Africa

The African Development Bank has presented the impacts of climate change on water security on the African continent and the importance of investment in water and sanitation infrastructure. At an event entitled ‘Advancing Urban Water Security under a Changing Climate’, organized during the United Nations Climate Summit – COP24 – in Katowice, Poland, the Bank highlighted the importance of water development and sanitation financing. “When looking at water infrastructure across the continent, both socio-economic challenges, such as urbanisation, and biophysical challenges like...
14-Dec-2018

African Development Bank places water and sanitation on Africa’s climate agenda

The rise in global temperature poses severe risks to water and sanitation. This includes African countries like Sudan and Niger, who grapple with extreme weather events in the Sahel region. As part of activities of the 24th UN Climate Summit in Poland, the African Development Bank dedicated December 5th, “Water and Sanitation Day”, to highlight the importance of this critical issue globally and in Africa in particular. This was done in collaboration with the wider Water Action Day event at the summit. Climate change and sanitation are closely connected, especially with regards to...
11-Dec-2018

Operationalising the NDCs in Africa: "Think in terms of development opportunities, not obstacles or challenges"

To make a success of the implementation of the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in Africa, consideration must be given to adopting special legislation on climate and the fight against corruption. This may be a quite a challenge, but it also promises great opportunities. This was the conclusion of a panel discussion hosted on Monday 10th December, 2018, on Day 7 of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24), by the African Development Bank in its Pavilion. The session was jointly organised by the Africa Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDs) and the Pan...