The new Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development plans to “facilitate much-needed exchange of information” across the continent with the goal of helping countries implement the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The new facility, located in Italy in partnership with the United Nations, will also focus on rural development and “to ensure a better future for the continent’s youth who, if given the chance, can be the drivers of development," according to U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva. “It will not be possible to modernize African agriculture if we do not stimulate rural youth with options other than migration," he said at the inaugural event. "We need young people in rural areas, we need rural development, and we can't have that without facing the challenges of climate change.”

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