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  30 Aug 2022, 09:42
Update : 30 Aug 2022, 10:07

African nations call out climate injustice ahead of COP27

LIBREVILLE, Aug 30, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - African countries on Monday called for
an end to a "climate injustice" saying the continent causes less than four
percent of global CO2 emissions but pays one of the highest prices for global
warming.

Government officials, international organisations, NGOs and the private
sector from more than 60 African nations attended Monday's opening of Africa
Climate Week in Gabon's capital to prepare for the COP27 UN climate
conference in Egypt in November.

Host President Ali Bongo Ondimba told the gathering the continent has to
speak with one voice and offer "concrete" proposals for COP27.

"The time has come for Africans to take our destiny into our own hands," he
said, deploring the global failure to meet climate targets.

"Our continent is blessed with all the necessary assets for sustainable
prosperity, abundant natural resources... and the world's youngest and
largest working population," he said.

"But Africa and the rest of the world must address climate change," when the
UN's intergovernmental climate panel IPCC "describes Africa as the most
vulnerable continent.

"Droughts are causing extreme famines and displacing millions of people
across the continent," Bongo said.

"Today, 22 millions of people in the Horn of Africa face starvation because
of the drought and famine, countries in the south of the continent are
regularly hit by cyclones, rising sea levels threaten cities such as Dakar,
Lagos, Capetown and Libreville."

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, head of COP27, which will be held in
the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, said: "Despite contributing less than
four percent of global emissions", Africa was "one of the most devastated by
the impacts of climate change.

"Also, Africa is obliged, with limited financial means and scant levels of
support, to spend about two to three per cent of its GDP per annum to adapt
to these impacts," Shoukry said, calling it a "climate injustice".

Denouncing the failure of developed countries to deliver on their climate
commitments, he warned: "There is no extra time, no plan B and there should
also be no backsliding or backtracking on commitments and pledges."

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