JOHANNESBURG – The African Development Bank (AfDB) will be defending the continent’s interests at the 24th annual conference of the UN Convention on Climate Change, known as COP24, which opened on Monday in Katowice, Poland.
The bank said it was at the forefront of climate change and was ready to ensure that the voice of the 54 African countries was heard.
“At the forefront of the fight against climate change in Africa, the African Development Bank, strongly represented in previous COP summits is, once again, present in Katowice to ensure that the voice of Africa is heard loud and clear in global climate negotiations,” the bank said on its website.
To this end, the bank plans to pursue its advocacy work in helping African countries address climate change and begin their transition towards green growth and low-carbon development.
Bank vice president Amadou Hott is leading a delegation of climate change experts in various fields – including water and sanitation, transport, urbanisation and sustainable cities – who will shed light on the diversity and complexity of the issues raised by climate change.