The third African climate meeting brings together more than 1,000 government officials and stakeholders in Libreville, the capital of Gabon. They are working on strong regional climate responses in Africa.
“Climate change is a major challenge in Africa and a major challenge of our time, exacerbating existing social, political and economic inequalities,” Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth Group of Former British Colonies, told the meeting.
African Climate Week comes as the continent is ravaged by several extreme weather events, such as drought in East Africa and the Horn of Africa, sandstorms and extreme heat in the Sahel region of West Africa, and devastating flash floods, storm surges including cyclones in central, western and southern Africa.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who will host the upcoming UN conference, lamented that promises made to African countries to help them fight climate change have not been fulfilled.
“The international community is lagging behind in mitigation, adaptation and funding. Several mitigation and adaptation funding commitments celebrated in Glasgow have yet to be fulfilled,” said Shoukry.
He said that “coming back on commitments made by many developed countries is a concern” for many African countries. “The delayed delivery of climate finance continues to affect Africa’s efforts to contribute to global efforts to combat climate change,” he said.
The African Climate Week Conference will discuss other critical concerns of the continent, including food security, carbon markets, climate migrants and coastal resilience. Climate early warning systems, integrated water management to address scarcity and international cooperation to drive climate action are also topics to be explored.
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