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African leaders press world to help poor countries

(2 Nov 2021) African leaders and campaigners are pressing the international community to do more to help poorer and vulnerable nations adapt to climate change, seizing on evidence showing the continent to be the most endangered by the effects of global warming.
The head of the African Union, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, said other parts of the world must contribute half of the $25 billion the continent needs to run an adaptation program over the next five years.
The balance will come from the African Development Bank.
Tshisekedi spoke Tuesday before an Africa-focused summit at the U.N. climate conference in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
He was one of several leaders who highlighted Africa’s plight in the face of climate change despite being the populated continent least responsible for global emissions.
Tshisekedi noted that the global effort on climate change can only be won if it’s won in Africa, which is home to 1.3 billion people.
Africa’s 54 nations contribute only about 3% of global emissions, a fact that surprises some ordinary Africans when they find out.
He said he hoped the money would be raised before the next annual climate conference, to be held in Africa.
World leaders are already pledging toward adaptation efforts, and it remains to be seen how much will be raised for Africa when the two-week Glasgow conference ends.
In the meantime, some African leaders and campaigners are applying pressure, noting that a previous pledge to raise $100 billion for Africa was never honoured.
“The continent will need 336 billion dollars to adapt to climate change,” African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina said.
“Africa simply cannot breathe,” he added.
Alok Sharma, a British official who is leading the climate conference known as COP26, said “despite the energy and the commitment that I’ve seen in many African nations to adapt, a gulf has existed between the need and the international response.”
Others who spoke Tuesday included U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said adaptation efforts were a key issue for Washington.
According to a report last month from the World Meteorological Organization and other U.N. agencies, Africa’s people remain “extremely vulnerable” as the continent warms more and at a faster rate than the global average.

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