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Arab Coordination Group announces $50bn for Africa

The Saudi Fund for Development hosts a discussion at Cop28 about the ACG's $50bn for Africa SPA
The Saudi Fund for Development hosts a discussion at Cop28 about the ACG's $50bn for Africa
  • Fund for sustainable development
  • $83bn total revealed at Cop28
  • Al Jaber: ‘Failure not an option’

The Arab Coordination Group, made up of regional and international development institutions, has allocated $50 billion to advance sustainable development in Africa through to 2030.

The funding was announced at the Saudi-Arab-African Economic Conference in Riyadh and further discussed at a panel arranged by the Saudi Fund for Development on Sunday on the sidelines of Cop28 in Dubai.

Over $83 billion in total funding was announced in the first five days of the climate summit.

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This includes 11 pledges and declarations surrounding food systems transformation and health, plus declarations on renewable energy and efficiency, as well as efficiencies to decarbonise heaving-emitting industries.

The loss and damage fund announced on the opening day of Cop28 has had $792 million pledged to date.

Some $3.5 billion in new money has been announced to replenish the Green Climate Fund, while $134 million was announced for the Adaptation Fund.

The Least Developed Countries fund has been boosted by $129.3 million and the Special Climate Change fund by $31 million.

The UAE has launched Alterra, a $30 billion catalytic fund, which is looking to mobilise an additional $250 billion globally.

This year’s host country also committed $200 million to help vulnerable countries through Special Drawing Rights – an international reserve asset, created by the IMF in 1969 to supplement its member countries’ official reserves – and $150 million to fight water scarcity.

The World Bank announced an increase of $9 billion annually for 2024 and 2025 to finance climate-related projects. Multilateral Development Banks announced a cumulative increase of over $22.6 billion toward climate action.

Cop28 president Dr Sultan Al Jaber conceded on Sunday that although progress was being made towards a deal to phase out fossil fuels, he believed talks were not moving “fast enough”.

However, as discussions towards an agreement reach a critical stage he stressed: “Failure is not an option.”

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