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

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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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