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In efforts to address the impacts of climate change across the African continent, the Wide World Fund for Nature (WWF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have joined forces to advance the work of the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Hub.

In August 2016, the African Development Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Department set up the Africa NDC Hub to serve as a resource pool for regional member countries, and to coordinate activities across various related sectors.

The Hub supports African countries in implementing their NDCs as part of the voluntary obligations under the Paris Agreement.

Africa NDC Hub

According to the AfDB, African countries have shown tremendous support and zeal for the global climate agenda; with all 54 countries having signed the Paris Agreement and over 70% have since ratified it. Read more…

The Bank noted that: “Despite the political will, African countries are confronted with challenges such as aligning their NDCs with existing national development plans; converting NDCs into investment plans; limited capacity and access to scientific knowledge and expertise to address the ramified impacts of climate change; and accessing adequate financing to bring to fruition the objectives and targets indicated in the NDCs.”

“In response to these challenges, the AfDB has created the NDC Hub and welcomes the partnership with WWF to support countries in the development of strategies and implementation mechanisms for their NDCs”, said Anthony Nyong, Director, Climate Change and Green Growth.

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The Hub will provide regional member countries with a one-stop centre for technical assistance on NDC strategy development, facilitating access to climate finance and scientific knowledge, capacity building, peer-to-peer learning and best-practice sharing, monitoring and evaluation, and project origination.

Commenting on the partnership, WWF’s director for Africa, Frederick Kumah said: “Our collaboration in supporting the implementation of NDCs forms a core element of WWF’s and AfDB’s agreed partnership agreement, and is a core element of our joint ambition to ensure the long-term sustainable development of Africa.”

The NDC Hub will offer a platform for external stakeholders, other development finance institutions, national, sub-national and city authorities, private sector and other non-state actors to get involved in NDC implementation on the continent.

 

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