Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI) High-Level Partners Roundtable

As prepared for delivery.

Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank the co-hosts of the Roundtable, the African Union and the African Adaptation Initiative, and salute the leadership of Gabon, particularly H.E. President Ali Bongo Ondimba as the Chair of the Africa Union’s (AU) Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) and the AU’s “Champion for the AAI”.

Gabon’s firm commitment to climate action was exemplified by President Bongo’s announcement at the One Planet Summit in Paris last December of a USD$500,000 contribution to the AAI – thereby being the first African nation to contribute financially to the initiative. And UNDP was honoured to be asked to receive that contribution on behalf of the AAI and put it…

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