The African Union and the UN announce 200 million dollars to help Africa strengthen its response to climate change – The African Union (AU), the United Nations and the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced on Friday that they would provide African states with 200 million dollars to strengthen the continent’s capacity to respond to climate change.
Harsen Nyambe, Director of the Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy Directorate at the AU Commission, said in the Kenyan capital Nairobi that part of the grant would go to African countries to enable them to monitor climate change in order to help local communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
“We will also develop a mobile application that will make it easier to monitor extreme weather conditions in Africa in real time”,
he pointed out during African Climate Week, adding that the funding would also help African scientists to carry out research into climate change so that the continent could negotiate climate agreements that would benefit the region. He also said that Africa would receive financial support to give its small farmers access to drought-resistant seeds so that the region could adapt to climate change.
For his part, Antonio Pedro, Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), said that the funding would be used to create an environment conducive to widespread access to climate information.
“This includes the development of comprehensive communication, awareness-raising and advocacy strategies to ensure that vital climate information reaches all stakeholders,”
The African Union and the UN announce 200 million dollars to help Africa strengthen its response to climate change