Fix climate change crisis or perish, Africa warned
SEE ALSO :The value of a good reputationOthers are climate resilience, renewable energy, and green economy strategy, youth in irrigation. During the start of the conference on Wednesday, Frehiwot Woldehanna, the Ethiopian Minister of Energy, Water and Irrigation, urged African nations to think bigger on matters of climate and give climate change the appropriate approach as indicated in their National Development Contributions highlighted in the Paris Agreement. “Many African countries have submitted ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions to Climate Action – NDCs - showing that African leaders have made strong commitments to tackle climate change while striving to meet their national development agendas,” he said. He stressed that nations needed to remember that lives were at stake with every delay in climate action “and each one of us risks losing their lives”. Aida Opoku-Mensah Chief of Staff, Economic Commission for Africa, said it was sad that Africa had the least gas emissions but suffered the ravages of climate change most.
SEE ALSO :It pays to put cash in empowering peopleAfrican 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 :KPA face an acid test in qualifiersCCDA 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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