Raise your NDCs ambitions: Africa’s key ask to developed countries.

by Sophie Mbugua

The climate emergency is worsening. The world has witnessed record-high temperatures, widespread wildfires, and increasingly unpredictable floods and droughts. IPCC report on climate science is unequivocal; human activity is to blame. The report reinforced the absolute urgency of closing the 2030 emissions gap if the world limits warming to 1.5°C.

The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are countries’ commitment stipulating how countries plans on cutting their emissions in half by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050. Hence, NDCs are vital in achieving the Paris goal. The Paris goals aim to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

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Today, we talked to Mr. Gebru Jember from the Global Green Growth Institute and a former Least Developed Country (LDC) chair. Jember says even if all African nations implemented their NDCs, without developed nations – responsible for historical emissions – raising their ambitions, the world would not amount to much temperature reduction.

But, what role do the developing nations also have?

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