Africa Day At HLPF – Submit-Covid-19 Inexperienced Restoration Wants Clear Power, Nature-Primarily based Options and Digitalization – NewsEverything Africa

Renewal vitality, digitalization and nature-based options to local weather change and environmental degradation needs to be the cornerstone of an inclusive and resilient post-COVID inexperienced restoration in Africa, contributors on the Africa Day occasion on the UN Excessive-level Political Discussion board (HLPF) heard at present.

In Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic lies a chance to rethink how the continent approaches development and improvement; its administration of the setting and pure sources; and easy methods to “leverage the prevailing instruments and data to construct ahead, construct greener and construct higher,” stated the Particular Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary-Basic Cristina Duarte on the onset of the digital occasion.

“Digitalization could be a sport changer,” Ms. Duarte stated. With COVID-19 altering the best way folks communicate or switch cash and the way college students obtain schooling, addressing the digital divide will assist scale back inequalities in Africa. It was famous that about 250 million major and secondary faculty college students in sub-Saharan Africa have been impacted by faculty closures throughout the pandemic, whereas in different components of the world, college students continued to study on-line.

With the theme: “The Inexperienced Restoration: Renewable Power, Digitalization and Nature-based Options for Inclusion and Resilience in Africa,” the Africa Day occasion was co-organized by the Workplace of the Particular Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Financial Fee for Africa (ECA), the UN Improvement Programme (UNDP) and African Union Fee (AUC).

Africa Day on the HLPF is a platform for African Member States and different stakeholders to share experiences and greatest practices. It’s held yearly as a aspect occasion to the Excessive-Stage Discussion board.

Digitalization could be a sport changer.

Cristina Duarte

Particular Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-Basic

This 12 months, the Africa Day befell on the identical day the AU launched its Inexperienced Restoration Motion Plan. The plan is centered round local weather finance, renewable vitality, nature-based options, resilient agriculture, and inexperienced and resilient cities.

Power, the heartbeat of manufacturing

Nonetheless, on the coronary heart of sustainable restoration lies easy accessibility to vitality. And for a inexperienced restoration, entry to scrub vitality is essential.

Narrowing the digital divide with out sufficient entry to vitality can be virtually unattainable, the assembly heard.

In the present day, throughout the African continent, 900 million folks wouldn’t have entry to scrub, secure fuels and applied sciences to cook dinner, warmth, or gentle their properties, UNDP’s Regional Director for Africa, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa identified.