African Development Bank Meeting Tackles Climate Change and Energy
Last week, Zambia played host to the 2016 annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) meeting whose theme was 'Energy and Climate Change'.
The meeting reflected the Bank's New Deal on Energy and the key resolutions from the recent United Nations climate talks Conference of Parties (COP21) on global warming.
The 2016 Annual Meetings theme was aligned with two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SDG number seven which seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and SDG 13 aimed at taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts were the goals aligned with the theme.
The event attracted more than 4,000 delegates.
However, it is important that the meeting focused on energy and climate change because the two issues have significantly affected the social and economic development of the countries.
With various issues discussed I, however, was attracted to President Edgar Lungu's statement where he has challenged African countries to take a lead in meeting strategies on climate resilience and low carbon development.