African presidents denounce “the absence of the leaders of the industrialized world” at a summit on the climate

Several African leaders have denounced the absence of heads of industrialized states at a summit in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Organized in support of Africa’s adaptation to climate change, the continent’s leaders are pleading in particular to obtain more funds two months before COP27 in Egypt.

I cannot fail to note with bitterness the absence of the leaders of the industrialized world“, launched Macky Sall, President-in-Office of the African Union and President of Senegal, at the opening of the summit, while some members of Western governments participated, such as the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, the Minister from COP26, Alok Sharma, or the French Secretary of State for Development, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou.”Since they are the main polluters of this planet, they are the ones who must finance adaptation“, continued the Senegalese leader. His words were echoed by several of his African counterparts.

Since they are the main polluters of this planet, they are the ones who must finance adaptation.Macky Sall, President of Senegal and the African Union

“The African continent is the one with the least impact on climate change”

Monday’s summit in Rotterdam brought together the African Union, the International Monetary Fund and the Global Center on Adaptation in support of Africa’s adaptation to climate change. Africa emits less than 4% of global CO2 emissions. But the continent is paying the heaviest price for global warming: the final communiqué indicates that it is the most vulnerable continent. “I would also like to deplore the absence of the leaders of the industrialized nations as well as the representatives of the private sector, who are, as we know, the biggest polluters“said Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).”The African continent is the one with the least impact on climate change, but paradoxically, suffers the majority of the consequences of these scourges.“said the Congolese leader.

It is time to invest in adaptation in Africa.
Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary General

The UN recalls the “moral duty” to help Africa

Several African leaders have recently underlined the failure of the international community to meet the objectives of the COP21 in Paris in 2015. That is to say, to contain, by 2100, global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, ideally limit it to 1.5 degrees. But according to the World Meteorological Organization, the warming could reach 2.5 to 3 degrees.

It is not only the fate of Africa that is at stake but also the fate of humanity and the future of the planet.“, recalled Macky Sall. “We have a moral duty“to help Africa deal with climate change,” said former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Time to invest in adaptation in Africa“, he added.

The final communiqué from the Rotterdam summit stresses the need to fulfill the Glasgow COP26 pledge to double international funding for adaptation by 2025. While Sharm-el-Sheikh COP27 in Egypt is scheduled in November 2022, Africa set up its own Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) a year ago. According to the final communiqué, several European countries, represented by members of the government present or by video, announced new contributions for a total of 55 million dollars, namely the United Kingdom (23 million dollars), Norway ( $15 million), France ($10 million), Denmark ($7 million). These contributions are paid into the AAAP’s Upstream Financing Facility which, according to the press release, will make it possible to mobilize up to $5 billion in climate adaptation action projects for Africa.

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