Mr Guterres, who made the pledge at the end of year press conference at UN Headquarters, said “We owe it to people to find solutions, to fight back, and to act”.
The Nigerian vice president delivered a keynote before a multinational audience at Rockefeller Foundation in New York on Friday.
By 2050, it is expected that about 1.5 billion people will live in Africa’s towns and cities, an additional urban population of 900 million people.
“This is no time for finger-pointing. The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction.”
The Afreximbank called on African financial institutions to join it to bridge the finance gaps.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from buildings and construction hit a new high in the world, leaving the sector off the track to decarbonise.
The pledge was for intervention in the area of agroforestry as well as research and development in Soil Science.
Egypt and Norway have launched the first phase of a project to establish a major green hydrogen plant in Egypt’s Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea, with a capacity to produce 100MW.
UNICEF says overwhelming flooding has affected no fewer than 27.7 million children across 27 countries worldwide.