European Commission President calls for African Green Deal for pandemic recovery

During a recorded opening message for the EU-Africa Forum on Green Investment in Africa, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for an ‘African Green Deal’ to drive a green recovery on the continent. 

Von der Leyen said that just as the EU’s recovery will be driven by the European Green Deal, the same could be true for Africa because the green transition is intended to fight the climate crisis as well as provide an economic opportunity.

The EU will work with African governments to see how it can be a partner in efforts toward a green transition in Africa, she said, including through green investing ahead of the COP26 (the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference) and the next EU-Africa Summit in spring of 2022.

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