Global Leaders Welcome President Kenyatta as Global Champion for the Accelerated African Adaptation Program

Global Adaptation Center ( CEO Professor Patrick Verkooijen welcomes President Uhuru Kenyatta as Global Champion for the Accelerated African Adaptation Program (AAAP) at the Leaders Dialogue on Adaptation Action in Africa in Nairobi on Thursday, 07 July.

President Kenyatta has been a key driving force behind AAAP, an Africa-led initiative co-developed by the Global Center for Adaptation (GCA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) that is mobilizing US$25 billion for climate adaptation in the areas of food security, infrastructure resilience, adaptation work, and climate finance by 2025.

As Global Champion for the AAAP, President Kenyatta will continue, in his personal capacity, to continue his courageous leadership on climate adaptation in Kenya to mobilize the global community to honor their commitment to doubling global climate finance.

“Africa – indeed the world – is facing various global shocks that are reverberating through our economy. Drought in the Horn of Africa, exacerbated by climate change, threatens lives and livelihoods, and requires an urgent response. Many African countries, including Kenya, are suffering losses of around three percent of GDP per year due to current climate threats,” said President Kenyatta.

“I accept the role of Global Champion for AAAP to provide the impetus for the critical global financial and action needed to address today’s climate and food crises, and to build a more resilient continent. AAAP is an African plan that puts African youth and jobs at the center of the adaptation agenda for a green and prosperous Africa.”

President Kenyatta’s support as Global Champion for AAAP is critical ahead of the ‘COP Africa’ in Sharm El-Sheikh in November 2022 to accelerate adaptation action and to encourage substantive contributions to AAAP at the Africa Adaptation Summit: GCA High-Level Dialogue for COP27 to be held in PJPK head office on Monday 5 September. AAAP’s catalytic interventions have rapidly made an impact at scale by mainstreaming adaptation into more than $3 billion projects since 2021.

In a statement to the press, Professor Patrick Verkooijen stated that, “Africa is tired of waiting — I am very honored to continue working with President Kenyatta for Africa to build a better future by funding a greener, more resilient and prosperous continent where people -people in the driver’s 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 economy.”

Global leaders congratulated President Kenyatta on his appointment.

Ban Ki-moon, Chair of the Global Center on Adaptation and 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations said: “Your Excellency, I know your proven leadership in climate adaptation in Africa. You are and will be the strongest voice to mobilize the global community, to ensure countries honor their climate finance commitments, to ensure they will support the biggest adaptation initiative on this great continent.”

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund said: “Mr. President, your leadership has inspired others to step up and accelerate action to tackle global warming, and there is nothing better to fight for adaptation in Africa, including much-needed financing. […] This is why AAAP and its upstream financing facilities are so important.”

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organization said: “I would like to commend my brother, Uhuru Kenyatta, for being the driving force behind the Accelerated African Adaptation Programme. Her strong voice and leadership will inspire others to scale up and accelerate the actions needed to adapt to climate change. As a leading international statesman, President Kenyatta’s leadership on this issue is highly valued and is a strong example to others.”

Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group said: “I would like to commend the decision of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General, now Chair of the Global Center on Adaptation and, of course Professor Patrick Verkooijen, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Center for Adaptation, in selecting you, President Kenyatta, as the global champion for the Accelerated African Adaptation Programme. The timing is right, ahead of COP27, COP Africa, in Egypt. It’s time to turn promises into resources. Time to turn elevation into execution. It’s time to turn your hopes into reality. And for that we need a champion, a proven leader, with a respected global voice. President Kenyatta is a doer. President Kenyatta is a climate-friendly leader. President Kenyatta’s dynamism, voice and leadership will help as we push for greater funding for climate adaptation in Africa.”

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).

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About the Global Center for Adaptation:
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from international to local, in partnership with the public and private sectors. Founded in 2018, GCA operates from its headquarters in the world’s largest floating office, located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China.

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Global Leaders Welcome President Kenyatta as Global Champion for the Accelerated African Adaptation Program

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