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African leaders welcomed the opening of a regional office of the Global Center on Adaptation on Wednesday, voicing hopes it will spur the continent’s efforts to combat climate change. In speeches marking the virtual launch of GCA Africa, the leaders said the Center could also provide an impetus for a more resilient recovery after COVID-19, which they said had compounded climate-induced vulnerabilities. “In the post-COVID period, our objective should not only be to recover and build better but to do so in a climate-conscious way,” said Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde.

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PROTOCOLS • Your Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, Chairperson of the African Union and Coordinator of the Conference of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change; • Your Excellency, Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon and President of the African Adaptation Initiative; • Your Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya; • Your Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana;

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The Global Center on Adaptation today announced the launch of its regional office in Côte d’Ivoire. Hosted by the African Development Bank at its headquarters in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African communities from the impacts of climate change. GCA Africa will focus on programs and action, knowledge acceleration and capacity building and agenda-setting that respond to the acute challenges from the changing climate facing African countries.

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Experts at the 2020 Global Philanthropy Forum on Tuesday called for greater collaboration among funders to address the severe threat that climate change poses to Africa’s development. Participants highlighted the critical role of innovative approaches to mobilizing climate adaptation finance in Africa, in a session titled Inclusive Green Economies - Harnessing Opportunities and Innovative Solutions for Investments in Climate-Resilient Development in Africa.

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The African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) have unveiled a position paper calling upon African Heads of State and Governments to ensure that financing for nutrition is included in their country’s COVID-19 response and recovery plans.

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A panel of gender, nutrition and food specialists explored food access challenges that vulnerable groups such as women and children face in Africa’s urban areas, at the African Green Revolution Forum held last week.  The online discussion had an added urgency in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizers of Africa’s largest agriculture conference. 

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Participants at a webinar to present the African Development Bank’s African Economic Outlook Supplement to Asian audiences on Monday have endorsed the report as critical for post-COVID-19 Africa. The supplement revises the growth projections and outlook for Africa for 2020 and 2021 and highlights the impact of COVID–19 on Africa’s socio-economic landscape. It recommends policy responses to safely reopen economies and accelerate growth recovery.

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WHAT: Launch of GCA Africa, the Global Center on Adaptation’s regional office and work program WHO: The Global Center on Adaptation and the African Development Bank WHEN: Wednesday, 16 September 2020 at 12.00 GMT WHERE: Online

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