Earth Day Activities to Amplify ECA’s COVID-19 Green Recovery Report


April 19/2021/ENA/ The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) said its premier COVID-19 recovery report, Building Forward for an African Green Recovery will be amplified at the much-awaited “Leaders’ Summit on Climate.”

A press release sent to ENA said UNECA’s report will intensify on COVID-19 Green Recovery at “Leaders’ Summit on Climate,” whose date coincides with the Earth Day under  theme: “Restoring Earth”, commemorated annually on April 22.

U.S. President Joe Biden is hosting the high-powered “Leaders’ Summit on Climate” that intends to stimulate action by the world’s major economies in tackling the climate crisis, it was indicated.

Five African leaders are among the select 40 world Heads of State and Government attending the summit including President Felix Tshisekedi of Congo, and current chair of the African Union (AU).

The five African countries are largely viewed as “climate champions” having demonstrated decisive and strong climate leadership by leading their respective nations in the uptake on innovative and transformative pathways towards green economies, according to the press release.

Jean Paul Adam, the Director of the ECA’s Technology, Climate Change, Natural Resources Division (TCND) noted that  the six themes of the “Leaders’ Summit for Climate” amplify the core pillars of the Building Forward for an African Green Recovery report which was released recently by the ECA.  

The themes for the leaders’ summit include transition to a new clean energy economy; role of nature-based solutions in achieving net zero by 2050; and adoption of accessible transformational technologies to help reduce emissions and boost adaptation to climate change.

The other themes in the US-led summit include mobilization of both public and private sector finance to help vulnerable countries cope with climate change and the creation of new green economic opportunities and industries for the future, the press release added.  

The ECA’s highly illuminating Building Forward for an African Green Recovery report which was unveiled during the seventh African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD7) magnifies and echoes the core themes of the “Leaders’ Summit on Climate” in practical terms, it was stated.