COP26: the road to Glasgow, priorities for Africa

by Sophie Mbugua

Every year, world leaders meet under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to forge a global response to the climate emergency.

During COP 25 held in Madrid, Spain, last December, Africa did not achieve much. But as the world prepares for COP26 now scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow, UK, Arona Soumare, the African Development Bank principle climate change and green growth officer and the spokesperson to the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change Ambassador Seyni Nafo explains Africa’s priorities.

Also read: COP25: Better a No Climate deal than a bad deal for Africa.

Through the convention, Africa was recognised for its special circumstances due to the continent’s increasingly high risk to climate change, due to extreme weather events, and the increasing economic burdens as nations considered high risk borrow at high rates to meet their development agenda affected by climate change. But the Paris Agreement does not recognise that.

This Episode is part of a five-part green economy series made possible by a collaboration between the Africa Climate Conversations and the continent’s premier development finance institution – the African Development Bank Group, particularly its climate change and green growth department.

 

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