The State of the Africa Region: Tackling Climate Change, Creating Jobs

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The State of the Africa Region: Tackling Climate Change, Creating Jobs

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African countries are disproportionately affected by climate change and are experiencing the devastating effects of slow onset changes in temperatures and other natural hazards. As presented in the latest Africa’s Pulse, the costs of climate change in the region are significant and the cost of inaction is even higher. Nevertheless, African countries can seize this opportunity to transform the economy and create jobs. Policymakers can harness opportunities in the crisis to prioritize programs that support adaptation to improve resilience and deliver more and better jobs in the post-COVID-19 era.

This event will convene distinguished African ministers, leaders, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and youth to discuss how climate change can be an opportunity to implement low carbon, climate-resilient development solutions, especially those that can accelerate Africa’s economic transformation and provide good paying jobs to its young and innovative population.
 

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State of the Africa Region | Program Agenda

  • Yvonne Ndege, Former International TV Correspondent & UN Spokesperson

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A conversation about the challenges that the Africa region is currently facing, but also the opportunities to effectively integrate climate resilience and adaptation in development plans to create green, clean development pathways and develop a workforce that is prepared to take on the jobs of the future.

  • Ousmane Diagana, Regional Vice President for the Western and Central Africa Region, World Bank
  • Hafez Ghanem, Regional Vice President for the Eastern and Southern Africa Region, World Bank

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A discussion highlighting the macroeconomic trends in the region and beginning to answer the question: How do we ensure keeping a growth and jobs focus in climate change adaptation in Africa? Addressing climate change requires bold actions and massive investments across key economic sectors, including agriculture, energy, transport infrastructure, urbanization, and manufacturing. The panel will discuss opportunities these sectors bring for new and greener jobs.

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A conversation about resilience and adaptation policies needed to create more jobs, what is needed to drive investment in green and clean technology.

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  • Ousmane Diagana, Regional Vice President for the Western and Central Africa Region, World Bank
  • Hafez Ghanem, Regional Vice President for the Eastern and Southern Africa Region, World Bank
  • Sérgio Pimenta, Regional Vice President for Africa, IFC

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  • Darey, Singer-Songwriter from Nigeria

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Read the chat below!
AA Harris

@g_mukeshimana: We also have hilly terrain and acidic soil, so we developed zero-grazing policies to keep our livestock inside, which is also key to minimizing methane gas emissions.
Wed, 10/27/2021 - 14:08
AA Harris

We will now view a short video message from Gloria Majiga-Kamoto, environmental activist with the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy in Malawi, and winner of the @Goldmanprize.
Wed, 10/27/2021 - 14:01
AA Harris

How can climate change be a source of economic transformation in Africa? Please stay tuned for a short video.
Thu, 10/21/2021 - 13:16
AA Harris

@NicoleEpse: Gabon is in central Africa. It has 85% of Equatorial forest and is located in the Congo watershed. Therefore, we have taken a number of measures for the last decade, including implementing a climate strategy and national climate plan, piloted by a national climate council. Today, we are able to absorb about 140 tons of carbon dioxide. These are carbon credits that can be sold.
Thu, 10/21/2021 - 12:56
AA Harris

We will now hear a message from Ellyanne Chlystun-Githae Wanjiku, East Africa’s youngest climate change ambassador, in a short video.
Thu, 10/21/2021 - 12:37

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