International Community School of Abidjan (ICMA), on behalf of Cote Di’voire national civil society coalition, together with other stakeholders from government institutions, research and academia seeks to hold a one day workshop to discuss and build consensus on addressing climate-induced migration, building climate resilience and regional integration for Africa’s economic prosperity. The forum under the theme “Engaging Civil Society in Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity” will be held on 8th May in, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In 2018, the UN Security Council recognized the adverse effects of climate change and ecological changes among other factors on the stability of West Africa and the Sahel region, including through drought, desertification, land degradation and food insecurity, and emphasized the need for adequate risk assessments and risk management strategies by governments and the United Nations relating to these factors.
The African Development Bank, together with other important intergovernmental institutions have responsibility to build support communities at the frontline of climate-induced weather events build resilience to reduce instances of relocating or being uprooted as they compete for declining resources such as water and grass to feed livestock. A failure to meet this responsibility could significantly strain regional stability and thus result to its inability to achieve its ambition to “integrate Africa”.
The objectives of the meeting include;
- To discuss the impacts of climate-induced migration on the overall African integration agenda
- To highlight the role the African Development Bank, as the premier Investment Institution can play in the integration of climate change and development strategies and programs in countries
- To make recommendations on what the Bank and other financial institutions can play in building climate resilience for people, communities and economies in Africa for accelerated integration.