Climate change in Africa: “A race we must win and a race we will win”

Fighting climate change with robust implementation of national commitments and partnerships was the main thrust of African Development Bank’s Director of Climate Change and Green Growth, Dr. Anthony Nyong’s closing remarks at the end of Africa Climate Week.

“The vibrancy of these last few days says it all, Africa is engaged. Africa is not a victim; we are a partner in the fight against climate change. We are a solid market, with significant resources to move the needle on the global temperature goal. Climate change is a race we can win, a race we must win, and, with Africa’s participation, it is a race we will win,” said Nyong, who was named among the world’s 100 “Most Influential People in Climate Policy”for his impact on influencing climate policy on the continent.

Together with partners such as the Green Climate Fund and the EU, the Bank approved financing for the first project under The “Desert to Power” program, the Yeleen Rural Electrification Project in Burkina Faso. “Desert to Power” is a $10 billion initiative to build a 10 GW solar zone across the Sahel—the largest in the world.

The Africa Climate Week 2019, attended by 3,000 participants, ended on March 23, 2019, after a five-day programme of events focusing on actions to meet the 1.5oC temperature goal and building climate resilience both of which are inked in the Paris Agreement. The summit was held in Accra, Ghana and was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Ghana.

Author: GBA News Desk

Source: African Development Bank

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