Rotterdam, 5 September 2022 (TDI): The Global Center on Adaptation is hosting the Africa Adaptation Summit in collaboration with various actors. African Union, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Africa Adaptation Initiative, and the Climate Vulnerable Forum are partnering.

Ahead of COP27, the Summit is expected to garner further support and resources for the region’s flagship Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP). The program also realizes the vision of the Africa Adaptation Initiative by mobilizing $25 billion of investments by 2025. The money will be invested in climate adaptation in food security, resilient infrastructure, adaptation jobs, and climate finance.

Speakers of the summit

Heads of State and Government attending from Africa include President, Senegal and the Chairperson of the African Union, President of Ghana and Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, and President of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Pre-COP27 Host.

Moreover, Prime Minister of Denmark, Deputy Secretary-General of United Nations, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund, President, African Development Bank Group, and COP26 President also joined.

In addition to that, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt, and the President of the European Investment Bank will also join.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and French President Emmanuel Macron will also speak at the summit, alongside several European Heads of State.

Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program

The Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) is a joint initiative of the African Development Bank and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA). It aims to mobilize $25 billion, over five years, to accelerate and scale climate adaptation action across the continent.

The AAAP was endorsed at the Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa Covid-Climate Emergency in April 2021. This was the largest gathering ever of African Heads of State and Government solely focused on adaptation.

The program focuses on Climate Smart Digital technologies for agriculture and food security, and African Infrastructure Resilience Acceleration. It also includes Youth Empowerment for Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in Climate Adaptation and Resilience.