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19-oct-2019

African Development Bank and Three Regional Development Banks Launch Joint Report on Livable Cities

Rapid urbanization has provided most cities in the world with opportunities to provide more sustainable, vibrant, and prosperous centers for their citizens. But they must first address challenges such as inadequate infrastructure investments, pollution and congestion, and poor urban planning, according to a new report released today.  The report, Creating Livable Cities: Regional Perspectives, looks at urbanization trends across emerging and developing economies in Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Eastern Europe, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean; and Latin America and the Caribbean. It...
18-oct-2019

World Food Prize and World Hunger Fighters Foundation launch fellowship for young African agribusiness innovators

The World Food Prize Foundation and the newly launched World Hunger Fighters Foundation are partnering to provide year-long fellowships for young African food innovators and entrepreneurs. The World Hunger Fighters Foundation will award annual Borlaug-Adesina Fellowships to young Africans to develop new technologies, champion public policy, and develop viable businesses in the field of agriculture. The young leaders will gain experience in international agriculture research centres, including food and agribusiness companies. Felix Tshisekedi, the President of the Democratic Republic of...
17-oct-2019

Prepare for the agriculture of tomorrow, African Development Bank President challenges high school students at global symposium

Young people from around the world gathered in Des Moines Iowa at the Global Youth Institute on Thursday to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates. This year, 450 exceptional high school students from 10 countries attended the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation to facilitate discussion on pressing food security and agricultural issues. The director of youth leadership development at the World Food Prize Foundation, Kelsey Tyrrell, told the young audience that African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina had been invited because...
09-oct-2019

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina receives Emeka Anyaoku lifetime achievement award

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General Emeka Anyaoku has presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to the African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, describing him and the Bank’s work as “ legendary, unprecedented and worthy of emulation.” The Hallmarks of Labour Foundation presented the Outstanding International Icon Award to Adesina at a ceremony held in Lagos on October 6th. The Hallmarks of Labour Foundation is a non-profit that recognizes Africans who have achieved success through hard work, honesty, integrity, and justice in every field of human endeavour...
03-oct-2019

UNGA 2019: African Development Bank announces new accountability index to measure institutional lending to women

A new tool to track the level of lending to women across the continent will be important for ensuring women get the critical financial help they need, African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina told attendees at a public event held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The Women’s Financing Index, currently under development, will rate banks and financial institutions who apply for loans from the African Development Bank, against the amounts they have lent or are lending to women, Adesina said right before the start of panel discussions organized by the Initiative for...
27-sep-2019

UNGA 2019: Hands off our girls! African first ladies take campaign against rape, early child marriage, to UN General Assembly

Africa’s first ladies, led by Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio brought their campaign to ban early child marriage and sexual violence against women and girls before a global stage in a passionate appeal for the world to support their “Hands Off Our Girls! Campaign. In a no-holds barred conversation organized on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Wednesday, Bio flanked by her husband President Julius Bio, spoke to “lift the lid of silence” taboo and stigma surrounding rape and early marriage in Sierra Leone and other parts of the continent. The high-level meeting was organised to...
26-sep-2019

UNGA 2019: Young Africans will “produce the magic” says AU chief as the UN sounds warning on Sustainable Development Goals

Leaders should devise an “incentive structure” to promote a startup culture among young Africans. “I think they will produce the magic,” Albert Muchanga, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, told a gathering on infrastructure at the United Nations on Wednesday. Muchanga said colleagues were working to “harmonise our policies, rules and regulations” to smooth cross-border trade while focusing on the next generation. “We’re not leaving the youth behind. We’re promoting startups among African youth. Because we know that if we localise knowledge and innovation, then we’...
25-sep-2019

Assemblée générale des Nations unies : le Groupe de direction de l’initiative « Renforcer la nutrition » se réunit pour tracer la feuille de route.

« De l’énergie, de la passion et de nombreux jeunes prêts à agir en faveur de la nutrition » : tels sont les mots prononcés, mardi 24 septembre, à l’attention des membres du Groupe de direction, en marge de l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies qui se tient jusqu’au 30 septembre à New-York. Ces mots sont destinés à soutenir la nouvelle phase de l’initiative « Renforcer la nutrition » (SUN), appuyée par une participation accrue du secteur privé. Lancée en 2010 par le secrétaire général de l’ONU, l’initiative SUN regroupe 61 pays et quatre États indiens. Elle est...
25-sep-2019

Assemblée générale des Nations unies : la Banque africaine de développement va soutenir l’action climatique à hauteur de 12,5 milliards de dollars entre 2020 et 2025

La Banque africaine de développement va doubler le montant de ses engagements financiers en faveur de l’action climatique, portant sa contribution à 25 milliards de dollars américains entre 2020 et 2025. Dans le cadre de discussions tenues au siège des Nations unies à New-York, le président de la Banque, Akinwumi Adesina, a pris cet engagement au nom de l’institution, ajoutant que la moitié contribuerait à l’adaptation des pays africains aux conséquences des changements climatiques. « L’heure d’agir a sonné ! », a-t-il lancé aux membres de la Commission mondiale sur l’...
25-sep-2019

Assemblée générale des Nations unies : fervent plaidoyer en faveur de la coopération Sud-Sud pour la sécurité alimentaire en Afrique

Des ministres et hauts responsables réunis à New-York dans le cadre de l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies, ont plaidé en faveur de la coopération Sud-Sud pour la sécurité alimentaire lors d’une session co-organisée par la Banque africaine de développement. À l’occasion de cette session consacrée à la coopération triangulaire Sud-Sud pour réaliser l’objectif de développement durable sur la sécurité alimentaire, le président de la Banque, Akinwumi Adesina, a exhorté ses participants à une action collective, rapide et urgente pour mettre un terme à l’insécurité alimentaire en Afrique...
25-sep-2019

Statement by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the Global Commission on Adaptation, New York, September 24, 2019

Co-Chairs, Colleagues,   The African Development Bank fully supports the Global report of the Global Commission on adaptation. African countries are facing extreme weather events. We saw the cyclone devastation recently in Southern Africa, with so much destruction of lives, property and infrastructure. The African Development Bank immediately provided $103 million in financing support for Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. To help vulnerable and low-income countries insure themselves against these extreme weather events, the African Development Bank launched the African...
25-sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group Meeting, New York, September 24, 2019

Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,   I wish to thank the UN Secretary General António Guterres, for appointing me as a member of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Leadership Group. There’s nothing more important than helping to end malnutrition and stunting in the world. Malnutrition limits human abilities, productivity and life expectancy. Stunting impairs the brain, diminishing cognitive ability. And stunting hurts economic growth. Stunted children today will lead to stunted economies tomorrow. We must see ending stunting as building “grey matter infrastructure...
25-sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the High-Level Event on “Renewing Commitment towards Enhancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa”, held by the African First Ladies, New York, September

Excellencies, First Ladies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,   Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Good Morning! I wish to thank Your Excellencies the African First Ladies for hosting this important event and for inviting me. It’s a great honor to be here. Your mission as Africa’s First Ladies is so crucial. You are developing the value chain of girl-women economic empowerment. And that value chain must work for the girl child until they also become adult women and then work for them as women. But the value chain of girl-women economic...
25-sep-2019

Interventions By Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group, UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit - New York, 23 September 2019

Your Excellency, President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Your Excellency, United Nations Secretary General, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, This Summit is a pledging one for concrete actions to get us on a solid carbon neutrality by 2050 trajectory, while also building resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change in poor vulnerable countries, especially the Least Developed Countries most of whom are found in Africa. The African Development Bank, an institution that has been at the core of Africa’s development for over half a century, has...
25-sep-2019

Speech Delivered by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank at the Joint High-Level Meeting of the United Nations and the African Development Bank Group, United Nations General Assembly Summit, September 22, 2019

Your Excellencies Heads of State and Governments, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the Deputy UN Secretary General, Heads of UN Agencies, Honorable Ministers, Ambassadors, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. Good afternoon!  I wish to thank my Dear sister, the Deputy UN Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, for co-hosting this event with me, organized by the United Nations and the African Development Bank. And we are grateful to your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, all of you the leaders for joining us here today...
25-sep-2019

Assemblée générale de l’ONU : « Le charbon n’a plus sa place en Afrique, l’avenir est aux énergies renouvelables », affirme Akinwumi Adesina

Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, a présenté, mardi à New-York, les efforts engagés pour fermer les centrales à charbon sur le continent et construire la « plus grande zone d’énergie solaire de la planète » dans la partie aride du Sahel. « Le charbon n’a plus sa place en Afrique, il appartient au passé. L’avenir est aux énergies renouvelables. En ce qui nous concerne, à la Banque africaine de développement, nous sommes en train de nous débarrasser du charbon », a déclaré le président de la Banque aux quelque 200 délégués du Sommet Action Climat, lors...
24-sep-2019

Opening remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the High-Level Panel on Food Security and the Achievement of SDGs in Africa: The Role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, New York, September 23, 2019

Excellencies, Honorable Ministers, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you all for joining us here today. I am very pleased that the African Development Bank is co-hosting this session with FAO, UNECA and Morocco. And the focus is on food security and the SDGs. There’s a lot we must learn from experiences of others through South-South Cooperation. China’s, India’s and Latin America’s successful experiences in agriculture offer much scope for lessons and sharing of innovations and experiences with Africa. And there’s so much to learn within Africa from what’s...
23-sep-2019

Réunion de haut niveau des Nations Unies et de la Banque africaine de développement : engagement pour accélérer le rythme dans la réalisation des ODD

Avec environ 390 millions de personnes vivant dans l’extrême pauvreté, souffrant de la faim et de l’insécurité alimentaire, l’Afrique est dans une course contre la montre pour atteindre ses objectifs de développement aux niveaux régional et international. Dimanche, en marge de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, les chefs d’État et de gouvernement africains ont souligné, dans une réunion, le besoin d’une action collective urgente et la nécessité d’une plus grande collaboration entre l’ONU et la Banque africaine de développement, dans le but d’accélérer le développement de l’Afrique...
16-sep-2019

Soutien fort des chefs d’Etat des pays du G5 Sahel à l’initiative Desert to power de la Banque africaine de développement

Les chefs d'Etat du G5 Sahel, lors du sommet qui s'est tenu vendredi à Ouagadougou, au Burkina Faso, ont apporté un soutien fort à l'initiative Desert to Power (DtP), une initiative de la Banque africaine de développement. Le sommet dont le thème était « Exploiter l’énergie solaire pour le développement socio-économique des pays du G5 Sahel », faisait suite à une réunion technique de haut niveau à laquelle ont participé les ministres de l'Energie de la r...
13-sep-2019

Sommet du G5 Sahel : transformer la région grâce aux immenses ressources d’énergie solaire

Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, est à Ouagadougou, capitale du Burkina Faso, où il doit prendre part, le 13 septembre, en tant qu’invité, au Sommet des chefs d’État et de gouvernement des pays du G5 Sahel. Le président Adesina a été reçu en audience par le président du Faso, Marc Roch Christian Kaboré, lequel a félicité la Banque pour l’initiative Desert to Power. Le président burkinabè a également souligné l’excellence des relations de son pays avec la Banque, la remerciant pour le portefeuille des projets mis en œuvre grâce à l’institution. De...