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NGOs plea over climate change at continental event

By Olivia Odhiambo - May 22nd 2022

Civil societies have urged cities and local governments in all African countries to demand accountability from rich countries on their promised climate finance meant to build resilience and transition to a low carbon development pathway.

The civil societies argued that all the good things and plans on climate action discussed during the summit will not amount to anything if the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG) will not pressurise the rich nations to honour and meet pledges of $100 billion per year in climate finance under article 9 of the Paris Agreement.

Kisumu Children Ensemble performs during the last day of the 9th Africities Summit. [Collins Oduor, Standard]

The demands were made as the 9th Africities Summit held in Kisumu came to a close yesterday.

They called upon the local governments in Africa to join their efforts to push developed countries to support accelerated implementation of Nationally Determined contributions in African cities.

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance acting Executive director Charles Mwangi who spoke on behalf of the African civil societies urged UCLG Africa to urgently convene an African multi-stakeholders dialogue on loss and damage which will carry the aspirations of cities and their territories ahead of the COP27.

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