Heads of State and Government and World Leaders to Join Africa Adaptation Summit Hosted by Global Adaptation Center

Leaders from government, the United Nations and business are gathering for the first global summit to focus exclusively on accelerating climate adaptation in Africa.

Africa Adaptation Summit

Leaders from government, the United Nations and business will gather in Rotterdam for the first global summit to focus exclusively on accelerating climate adaptation in Africa.

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, Aug. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WHAT: Africa Adaptation Summit 2022

NEVER: 5u September 2022 from 10:00 CET to 17:00 CEST

AGENDA: 10:00 – 11:00 CEST – Opening Ceremony

11:00 – 13:00 CEST – Leaders Roundtable

14:00 – 15:00 CEST – Press conference

15:00 – 17:00 CEST – Presidential Dialogue

WHERE: In the world’s largest floating office at the Global Center on Adaptation, Antoine Platekade 1006, 3072 ME Rotterdam

SIGN UP: Please complete this form to register to attend the Summit.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, August 19, 2022 – With two months to go until the next world climate summit (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, heads of state and government and world leaders will gather in Rotterdam, Netherlands for the Africa Adaptation Summit.

The Global Center for Adaptation is hosting the summit in partnership with the African Union, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Africa Adaptation Initiative and the Climate Vulnerable Forum.

The Summit is expected to garner further support and resources for the region’s flagship Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme. The program realizes the vision of the Adaptation Initiative in Africa by mobilizing $25 billion in climate adaptation investments by 2025 in food security, resilient infrastructure, adaptation jobs and climate finance.

Heads of state and government attending from Africa include President Macky Sall of Senegal and the President of the African Union. and the outgoing President of Kenya and Global Champion of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), Uhuru Kenyatta. Others are: President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia. President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum. President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and Chairman of the African Adjustment Initiative; President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia.

Invited heads of state and government from Europe expected to speak at the summit include Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. President Emmanuel Macron of France; Prime Minister Metter Frederiksen of Denmark; Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also expected to speak.

World leaders expected to speak include United Nations Under-Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed; African Union Commission President Moussa Faki; Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva; Director General of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. COP26 President Alok Sharma. Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. President of the European Investment Bank Werner Hoyer. CEO of the Global Center for Adaptation Patrick Verkooijen; African Development Bank Group Chairman Akinwumi Adesina. and the 8u The Secretary-General of the United Nations and President of the Global Center for Adaptation, Ban Ki-moon.

Africa’s vulnerability to climate change continues to grow as the gap between available climate adaptation funds and need continues to widen. The latest report from the Climate Policy Initiative and the Global Adaptation Center reveals that the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of 51 African countries cumulatively show the need to invest about $579 billion for adaptation by 2030. This compares with 11 .4 billion in monitored adaptation finance in Africa on average annually in 2019-20. If this trend continues through 2030, cumulative adaptation financing through 2030 will be $125.4 billion, less than a quarter of the estimated needs reported in the NDCs.

AAAP funding is mobilized through upstream and downstream financing facilities approved by the African Union. The Upstream Financing Facility—administered by the Global Adaptation Center—is targeting $250 million in capitalization to attract billions of dollars in investment in proven adaptation strategies. The objective of this fund is to strengthen the adaptation and resilience components of projects that need the support of multilateral development banks and other development financial institutions. African Development Bank administers climate set-aside downstream finance facility in 16u replenishment of the African Development Fund, the soft lending arm of the Bank Group. To date, this dual-funding strategy has enabled AAAP to rapidly produce impact at scale by integrating adaptation into more than $3 billion worth of projects.

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Notes to editors

About the Global Adaptation Center

The Global Center for Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support adaptation solutions—from international to local—in partnership with the public and private sectors. GCA was founded in 2018 and operates from its headquarters in the world’s largest floating office, located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. GCA has a global network of regional offices in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China.

About the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP)

The Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) is the largest African-owned and African-led program for investment in climate adaptation. The African Development Bank and the Global Center for Adaptation (GCA) launched the program in 2020 to mobilize $25 billion by 2025. This aims to implement, scale up and accelerate climate adaptation across the African continent. AAAP operates on four bold interconnected pillars to achieve transformative outcomes: Climate-Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security; African Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator; Empowering youth for entrepreneurship and job creation in climate adaptation and resilience and innovative economic initiatives for Africa.


CONTACT: Alexandra Gee Global Center on Adaptation +447887804594 alex.gee@gca.org

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