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23-déc-2019

Funding options for African countries hit by climate change: Africa Climate Change Fund shows results

The debate around climate change often focuses on the targets that need to be achieved. Another aspect of the discussion is increasingly gaining attention; that is the funding required, for African countries in particular, where climate change has hit the hardest. The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) recently convened an event titled “Supporting African countries to unlock and absorb climate adaptation finance” at the 25th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain. A panel discussion of climate experts provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the ACCF...
16-déc-2019

COP 25 : à Madrid, l’Afrique réclame un statut spécial lors des négociations sur le climat

Près de cent délégués kenyans ont participé, avec des milliers de dirigeants mondiaux à la conférence sur le climat de la COP 25 à Madrid, en Espagne, alors que leur pays est sévèrement touché par des inondations. Les délégués africains sont particulièrement préoccupés par la disproportion entre la contribution du continent aux émissions responsables du réchauffement climatique et sa vulnérabilité aux effets du changement climatique. Alors que l’ensemble des cinquante-quatre États africains représentés lors des négociations sur le climat de l’ONU, ne sont responsables que de moins de 4...
13-déc-2019

Mobilisation à la COP25 autour des objectifs de lutte contre le changement climatique : « L’avenir de l’Afrique dépend de la solidarité. »

Ministres, diplomates, représentants d’ONG ou encore journalistes ont appelé, de concert, à bâtir un front uni pour répondre aux défis posés par le changement climatique en Afrique, à l’occasion de la Journée de l’Afrique organisée mardi à la 25ème conférence des Nations unies sur le climat (COP25) à Madrid. Dans une salle comble du centre de conférence de l’IFEMA, Yasmin Fouad, ministre égyptien des Affaires environnementales, a affirmé, au nom de l...
13-déc-2019

COP 25: African islands want their place in the sun as they grapple with climate change

Africa’s small island states are bearing the brunt of climate change, even though technology exists to prevent the worst impacts of extreme weather. Climate expert John Harding said fewer lives were being lost as a result of natural disasters, because of advanced early warning systems. However, many cash-strapped African countries are not benefiting from new technologies to develop early warning systems. Harding was speaking on Tuesday at the COP25 climate conference in Madrid during a panel discussion on building the resilience of small island developing states (SIDS) against extreme...
12-déc-2019

COP 25: Kenya experience suggests gender equality is best path to achieve SDGs

By LEOPOLD OBI, Climate Tracker Stakeholders at COP25 climate talks, citing Kenya’s example, called on developing countries to boost women’s involvement in the fight against climate change. Without gender equality, evidence suggests, African countries are unlikely to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or transformative economic growth.  The issue emerged during panel discussion on gender and climate change at COP25, held in Madrid December 2-13. Experts pointed to data indicating that the struggle to earn a livelihood pushes many farmers to migrate to...
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-déc-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-déc-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-déc-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-déc-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-déc-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-déc-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-déc-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-déc-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-déc-2018

Tombée de rideau sur la COP24 en Pologne : La Banque africaine de développement plus que jamais résolue à poursuivre la lutte contre le changement climatique en Afrique

Si la COP24, le sommet mondial annuel sur le climat, fermait officiellement ses portes vendredi 14 décembre 2018, à Katowice, en Pologne, les négociations se sont poursuivies durant le week end, faute d’agrément quant aux modalités concrètes de l’application de l’Accord de Paris dès 2020 – qui vise à limiter le réchauffement à 2°C, voire 1,5°C, par rapport au niveau pré-industriel – par les 197 parties signataires. Négociations serrées : des avancées timides, des négociateurs africains déterminés Depuis deux ans, les 50 pays africains qui ont ratifié l'Accord de Paris­...
18-déc-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-déc-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-déc-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-déc-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...