African Development Bank Group President to join global leaders at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 to accelerate adaptation action in Africa

21 Janvier 2021
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WHAT: Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS 2021)

WHO: African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina, heads of state and government, and international organizations

WHEN: 25-26 January 2021

WHERE: virtual (

African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina will participate in the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, to be held on 25-26 January.

President Adesina, a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, will address a high-level session on Africa-specific adaptation as well as contributing to other dialogues during the Summit. The session, Accelerating African Adaptation: Unlocking Action, will be hosted by Sigrid A.M. Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands and will bring together a range of African stakeholders to discuss ways of unlocking adaptation action in the fields of food security, and water and nature-based solutions.

Solomon Quaynor, the Bank's Vice-President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, will participate in a session on Resilient Investment Opportunity to discuss how to achieve resilient infrastructure systems.

The Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, hosted by the Government of the Netherlands and the Global Center on Adaptation, is an online global conference to accelerate, innovate and scale up global adaptation actions to address the impacts of climate change. The summit intends to answer United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres's call for "more concrete plans, more ambition from more countries and more businesses to make the world more climate-resilient".

At CAS 2021, the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) will also hold its inaugural annual Ministerial Dialogue on Adaptation Action as a platform for showcasing implementation successes and for bold announcements on new initiatives and partnerships to accelerate adaptation action in Africa. The GCA and the Bank, which hosts GCA's Africa regional office, are joining forces to drive the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) which will be launched at the Summit.

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