AU Launches Continental Green Recovery Action Plan to combat Climate Change

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union Commission on Monday launched a new five-year continental Green Recovery Action Plan 2021-2027,  that aims to combat climate change and boost renewable energy in the continent.

The launch was officiated by Felix Tshisekedi, Chairperson of the AU and President of the DR Congo, with interventions by Heads of State, several dignitaries from AU member States, United Nations and others.

President Tshisekedi highlighted that a clean and resilient recovery in Africa will not only create jobs in the industries of the future but also overcome challenges related to public health, prosperity and climate change.

He also emphasized that the challenges confronting Africa today are a reminder of the need to think of a recovery that is both inclusive and respectful of the environment and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

COVID-19 has triggered the deepest economic recession in nearly a century and the impacts on Africa have been particularly stark.

Food insecurity and debt has been rising, and hard-won development gains are being lost.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds in Africa, the AU said the situation remains fluid and rapidly evolving, with measures needed to ensure the trajectory of the recovery remains in line with the Paris agreement and the ambition of COP26.

The intention behind the Green Recovery Action Plan is to embolden action on five priority areas.

These include improving climate finance, supporting the just transition to renewable energy, nature-based solutions and a focus on biodiversity, resilient agriculture, and green and resilient cities.

By bringing together champions from across the international community and Member States, the pan African bloc said the initiative will utilise existing AU mechanisms to streamline and amplify green recovery action in partnership with Regional Economic Commissions and regional stakeholders.

During the launch, different stakeholders voiced their support to the implementation of the Action Plan.

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP highlighted that, like all other economies, Africa’s economies have been hit hard by the pandemic.

“As we call for solidarity and justice on vaccine access, so must we call for financing through traditional and innovative models,” the Executive Director said.

The UN Environment agency said it will strongly supports the AU Green Recovery Action Plan.

“Green recovery for Africa is in the best interests of all. International solidarity and support is essential to make this recovery a reality” she stated.

The Action Plan aims to contribute towards attaining the targets contained in Agenda 2063: ‘The Africa We Want’ and to support the Continent to get back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Work on the Plan is already underway and will continue until 2027, according to the AU.