The regional dialogue will be held under the theme “Building back better and greener: Seizeing transformation opportunities for a resilient future in Africa” on 14 October at 14:30 – 16:00 CEST.
The impacts of the COVID-19 should not steer the world away from a strong response to the climate crisis. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on many developing countries is significant, particularly in Africa. COVID-19 has driven Sub-Saharan Africa into its first recession in 25 years, with expected economic growth potentially falling as low as negative 5.1% in 2020. The COVID-19 reality is further compounded by extreme climate and weather events. As we speak, there is extreme flooding in East Africa, drought in the Sahel and Horn of Africa, a heavy build-up of the hurricane season and a second wave of the Desert Locust invasion is imminent. These risks, combined, make it extremely difficult to project a future of a resilient and sustainable food-secure Africa. These risks, if not managed, will slow down or even reverse the hard worn progress towards key development indicators such as gender equality, health, education and productivity.
Africa Regional Dialogue on Resilience and Adaptation is an opportunity to move forward and mobilize actors on crucial climate action work at a national and regional level; taking regional priorities into consideration. It offers an inclusive and open to all stakeholder’s platform to build stronger partnerships, to showcase and transfer groundbreaking action aiming at building Resilience and fostering adaptation on the continent.
This dialogue is part of a wider series of dialogues being convened by the Global Resilience Partnership together with Climate Resilience Network of the UNFCCC Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) with the support of the Chile and UK High-Level Champions (HLCs), Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping.
Panel 1: From the Frontline: Building resilience in food and agriculture systems in Africa
Panel 1: Going to Scale and Transforming food and agriculture systems: securing high level commitments for resilience and adaptation in food and agriculture systems to ensure post-COVID-19 recovery that is greener, better and more inclusive.
Full programme available soon.