President Kenyatta appointed Global Champion for the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program

Global Center on Adaptation CEO Patrick Verkooijen has welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Global Champion for the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) at the high-level bilateral meeting hosted by the President at State House on May 16.

President Kenyatta is expected to carry forward his bold leadership on climate adaptation in Kenya in mobilizing the global community to honor their commitment of doubling global climate finance.

Kenyatta said that the world is confronting multiple global shocks that are seriously affecting economies.

“Africa, indeed the world, is confronting multiple global shocks that are reverberating through our economies. The catastrophic drought in Kenya, exacerbated by climate change, is threatening lives and livelihoods, and needs an immediate response. Many African nations, including Kenya, have already suffered losses of three to five percent of GDP because of the present climate threat,”  said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta has been one of the key driving forces behind the AAAP, launched by the President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) Dr. Patrick Verkooijen to mobilize US$25bn for climate adaptation in Africa by COP27.

The African Union (AU) has endorsed AAAP’s two financing mechanisms, including the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility hosted by GCA, which has already influenced US$3bn in investment for adaptation in Africa since its inception in 2021.

The AfDB administers the second financing mechanism through the climate set aside under the ADF-16 replenishment, which builds on the AfDB’s firm commitment to finance US$12.5 billion, half of the AAAP investment target.

“I am deeply honored to continue working alongside President Kenyatta for Africa to build forward better by financing a greener, more resilient, and prosperous continent that puts people in the driving seat. Adaptation is not only possible, it makes economic sense. Investing in climate adaptation is good for our health. Good for our planet. And good for our economies,” said Dr. Patrick Verkooijen.

Dr. Verkooijen also said that “the cost of action is not zero. Integrating resilience into agriculture and food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa will cost US$15bn annually. But the cost of inaction is more than ten times more, estimated to be US$200bn annually.”

President Kenyatta is set to address other global leaders during GCA’s Annual Meeting on June 16, 2022, which marks a key milestone ahead of the Africa Adaptation Finance Forum convened by GCA, AfDB and the African Union in September 2022.

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