The African Development Bank last week hosted the first-ever pan-African dialogue on achieving climate change goals for adaptation and mitigation
The banks said while Africa enjoys unprecedented economic development and strong demographic and urban growth, large parts of the continent are also highly vulnerable and already face the dramatic consequences of climate change.
“Local governments, civil society and the youth are getting increasingly vocal, asking more commitment at all levels to fight climate change. This makes Africa a key player in the global challenge to meet goals set in the Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gases [GHG] emissions and to adapt to climate change,” the bank said in a statement before the start of the conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The two-day meeting held at the Bank’s headquarters brought together presidents of local government associations and technical and financial partners.
“We are delighted to host this conference that brings together key players at the central and sub-national levels to agree on decentralisation territorial approach of the implementation of the NDCs,” said Anthony Nyong, AfDB’s director for Climate Change and Green Growth.