Thursday, 05 August, 2021

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Climate change: African civil society commits to playing key role in adaption

The Civil Society and Community Engagement Division of the African Development Bank, in partnership with the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union and the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa-CDC), organized a webinar on “Civil society engagement in building climate adaptation for resilient growth during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Better involvement of African civil society organisations in climate challenges, participation in COP26 in November in Glasgow, access to climate finance, community solutions, involvement of young people, where the themes discussed during the videoconference.

Civil society actors renewed their commitment to climate challenges and expressed their concerns.

“Certain requirements on climate finance are preventing Africa from accessing it. To address these challenges, the Bank has increased its climate finance from 9% in 2016 to 35% in 2019 and aims for a target of 40% by 2021.”

Al Hamndou Dorsouma, Acting Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank

Participants also insisted that African youth be actors in decision-making on climate change issues.

The African Development Bank has defined a Strategic Framework for Climate Change and Green Growth and recently launched the third Call for Proposals of the African Climate Change Fund” to civil society.

Wiliam Carew, member of the Economic and Social Council of the African Union Commission, called for more attention to be paid to the effects of climate change on the resilience of African countries.