New President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwunmi Adesina, while speaking to a delegation of ministers representing over 40 countries across the globe, pushed for a new deal on energy in Africa as a means of resolving the continents perennial energy crisis.

In the audience was the host of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, France; as well as Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru; Khalid Fahmy, Egyptian Minister of Environment and Chair of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), and other leaders representing European governments.

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In addition, Adesina called for sharply focused partnerships, ambitious financing programs, and strong political will to address climate and its impact on the millions of people whose livelihoods are under threat due to the worsening global climate situation.