African Development Bank Group President to Join Global Leaders At One Planet Summit to Promote Climate Action in Africa

6 January 2021
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What: The 2021 One Planet Summit in Paris, France: Side event "Great Green Wall Investment Forum"

Who: African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, heads of state and heads of international organizations

When: Monday, 11 January 2021, 10:30 GMT to 12:30 GMT

Where: Virtual (via Zoom)

African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina will join heads of state from around the world in Paris, France, for an open dialogue aimed at channelling public and private finance toward the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI)'s 2030 goals.

The Great Green Wall Investment Forum will take place on 11 January 2021 on the sidelines of the 2021 One Planet Summit, convened by the Elysée Palace, in partnership with the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

The Great Green Wall was conceived in 2007 by the African Union as an 8,000km cross-continental barrier stretching from Senegal to Djibouti that would hold back the deserts of the Sahara and Sahel. The African-led pioneer initiative aims to transform the lives of 100 million people in the Sahara-Sahel region and to reverse desertification.

Media contacts:

Emeka Anuforo & Alkassoum Aoudi Diallo| Communication and External Relations Department| African Development Bank. email: e.anuforo@afdb.org; a.a.diallo@afdb.org

Technical contact: Sonia Borrini. email: s.borrini@afdb.org

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