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AfDB commits $12.5bn to climate finance

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed an additional $12.5 billion to climate finance between 2020 to 2025 in Africa.

Akinwunmi Adesina
AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina

President of the AfDB, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said this at the first online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 on Monday, January 25, 2021. 

The two-day summit, hosted by the Dutch government, aimed to adopt a roadmap for a decade of transformation toward a climate-resilient future by 2030.

Adesina said that the amount would be 100 per cent committed to climate  adaptation on the continent.

He said that Africa needed to be heard and collective actions should be taken to help the continent adapt to climate  changes.

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He said the bank had increased its climate finance by 400 per cent, rising from nine per cent of its total finance in 2016 to 38 per cent in 2019. 

“We expect to reach 40 per cent in climate finance this year.

“To do more  for Africa, we  are  building  strategic  partnerships,” he said. 

He expressed delight over the partnership with the  former United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, to establish the Global Center for Adaptation-Africa (GCA-Africa) hosted at the bank.

Adesina said that the ambition of GCA-AFRICA “is bold”. 

“To galvanise climate resilience actions; support countries to accelerate and scale up climate adaptation and resilience; and mobilise financing at scale for climate adaptation in Africa.

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“The AfDB and the GCA-Africa have launched the ‘Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme’ to mobilise $25 billion in new climate finance for Africa — and to scale up innovative and transformative actions on climate adaptation across Africa,” he said. 

He said the programme would deliver climate adaptation for Africa at scale and added that it should be “robustly supported” as it was “Africa’s platform for rapid climate adaptation.  

“This is the time for scaled-up actions on climate adaptation for Africa. Africa must not be short-changed by climate finance.

“It is time to act, for Africa can no longer wait,” he added. 

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He said that the AfDB and the GCA-Africa were geared up for transformative actions and committed to work with all climate stakeholders. 

Participants at the summit included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and the United States’ Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

By Temitope Ponle

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