African Leaders to demand action on broken promises at climate action. Accordingly, leaders from Africa and other international leaders came together in Rotterdam this week.
They are to call on developed and industrialised nations to act on their pledges. And to finance the continent’s climate adaptation. However, the African Adaptation Summit will be held in preparation for COP27 in Egypt’s Sharm-El-Sheikh in November.
African Leaders To Demand Action On Climate Pledges
In Rotterdam, African leaders gathered and presented initiatives for climate adaptation. Accordingly, they demanded co-financing from industrialised nations. Now, the flagship action is the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP).
Interestingly, the endorsement of the AAAP, it is the largest adaptation program to date. And, in the words of Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde, it could be a “game-changer” for the continent.
Accordingly, this program aims to scale up adaptation in four areas. Those include agriculture and food security; resilient infrastructure; youth empowerment; and innovative financing initiatives.
Statement Of Macky Sall
Macky Sall the President of Senegal and Union Chair of Africa presented his statement in Rotterdam. Accordingly, he said:
“Rotterdam is a test for Sharm-El-Sheikh. Are we going to do the usual talking or really mobilise financing? This is what would give us hope for COP27. ”
African Development Bank To Finance In Climate Action
African leaders revealed that the climate action plan on this level needs finance in the region of $25 billion (€25 billion) until 2025.
Accordingly, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is mobilising half of that amount. And, the leaders are calling on the industrialised nations to deliver the long-standing promises.
Now, the President of AfDB, Akinwumi said: This is the largest ever global effort on adaptation,” stated, “but we need the money.
“The AfDB put down $12.5 billion (€12.6 billion) out of $25 billion so we are not begging. We are saying that we did not cause the problem, we come to the conversation with a good heart and a great commitment, so meet us halfway.”