Fix climate change crisis or perish, Africa warned
SEE ALSO :Tour vehicles customisation comes of ageOthers in the minds of many were the cyclones experienced in the southern part of Africa, food insecurity in many parts of the continent, conflict and disease, all which can be directly linked to climate change. The conference, with the theme: “Stepping Up Climate Action for a Resilient Africa: a Race We Can and Must Win”, started on Wednesday and ends Friday, August 30. The eighth edition of the annual event brings together participants from around the continent and beyond, and will this time also consolidate recommendations to be shared with the world during the Climate Action Summit to be held in September. Several speakers urged African leaders to use locally and easily available resources such as research, traditions, knowledge and skills acquired locally, even as they seek help from donors to tackle the climate crisis. The meeting was ushered by several pre-events, including one on citizens engagement on the growing partnership between Africa, China and other emerging powers on climate finance; and an African journalists’ training on reporting about climate and environment.
SEE ALSO :Seed firm opens office in NarokAfrican Development Bank’s James Kinyangi stressed the immediate focus on resilience and adaptation to the climate crisis, as many African communities were vulnerable. “Having ratified the Paris Agreement, almost all African countries are now committed to Climate Action in support of building resilience through early warning systems, comprehensive risk assessment and management and risk insurance,” he said, adding: “The time is now”. Kenya’s Mithika Mwenda, who is also the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Executive Director, also stressed the need for focus, immediate action and partnership to tackle the climate crisis “As the most vulnerable region and communities at the frontline of the climate crisis, we should not wait for others to shape the logic and narrative on climate change, as they will do it to shape their geopolitical interests. Governments and African citizens should be at the frontline of the evolving discourse on climate justice, which embodies us as a people,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Why the NSE bell is no longer chimingCCDA is a flagship event of the ClimDev-Africa programme, a joint initiative of ECA, the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank, mandated by African Heads of State to bring to bear their collective efforts to foster a common and coordinated response to climate change throughout the continent. The first CCDA was held in 2011.
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