Before COP26, world leaders meet in Nairobi to share new research on the benefits of adaptation measures in Africa – World


WHAT: Global Center on Adaptation Africa Adaptation Acceleration Day – Annual talk, answers from world leaders and press conference with questions and answers

WHERE: University of Nairobi

WHEN: 1400–1500 EAT (Nairobi time) October 26, 2021
0700 – 0800 EDT (New York) 1300 – 1400 CEST (Amsterdam)

REGISTRATION: To register and receive a copy of the report with an embargo, please go to: is external)

In partnership with the African Development Bank, the African Union and the Africa Adaptation Initiative, the Global Center on Adaptation will present the most important results of the “State and Trends in Adaptation in Africa Report 2021 – How Adaptation Can Make Africa Safer, Greener and More Prosperous in a Warming World ”(STA21) during a virtual event at the University of Nairobi hosted by the Kenyan government under the leadership of Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya.

The Global Center on Adaptation STA 2021 report outlines the economic benefits of climate adaptation on the continent. In addition, it offers the most comprehensive overview of current and forecast climate risks as well as a draft of adaptation measures for the African continent in the face of climate change.

During his inaugural lecture, Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation, will discuss the need for adaptation for Africa before COP26 and the critical importance of accelerating resilience building in Africa through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP).

His remarks are followed by responses from world leaders, including:

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, Chair of the Global Center on Adaptation Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Ngozi Okongo- Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organization A press conference will be held after the event. The media are invited to ask questions of those present.

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Via the Global Center on Adaptation

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solution broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from international to local, in partnership with the public and private sectors to ensure we learn and work from one another together for a climate-resilient future. Founded in 2018, GCA is hosted by the Netherlands and operates from its headquarters in Rotterdam with a knowledge and research center in Groningen. The GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China. Through this evolving network of offices and global and regional GCA teams, the organization engages in high-level policy activities, new research contributions, communications and technical assistance to governments and the private sector.

About the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program

As a global solution broker for adaptation and resilience, the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), together with the African Development Bank, launched the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), which focuses on identifying four critical areas for adaptation measures in partnership with African countries and partners . The four critical areas of climate-smart digital technologies for agriculture and food security; African accelerator for infrastructure resilience; Empowering youth for entrepreneurship and job creation in climate adaptation and resilience, as well as innovative financial initiatives for Africa, will help address the link between climate change, COVID-19 and the economy and help African countries shape and implement transformative adaptation of their economies and Post – Development Paths for COVID Recovery. AAAP aims to mobilize $ 25 billion to support Africa’s adaptation plans over a five-year period ($ 5 billion per year). The AfDB has already pledged half of the total, $ 12.5 billion by 2025. The program was endorsed by President Tshisekedi, chairman of the African Union, and President Ali Bongo of Gabon, African Union Champion for Adaptation.


For further inquiries and interview requests please contact: Alexandra Gee, Head of Communications, Global Center on Adaptation, +447 887 804594, [email protected] (link sends email)

Grace Kiire, Communications and External Relations Department, African Development Bank, [email protected]


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