What Was Achieved for African Countries as We Look Forward to COP27?
COP27 is not far away, it is important to reflect on what was achieved or not from last year’s COP26. The upcoming dialogue will also focus on the challenges being experienced by communities in southern Africa vulnerable to climate change. We will also unpack Africa’s position for the upcoming COP27?
Date: Thursday May 19th 2022
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2022 will be held from 7th to 18th November 2022 in Sharma El-Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt.
Africa is uniquely susceptible and poised to suffer the worst consequences of the impacts of climate change. Without effective interventions, the goals for the African Union’s Development Agenda 2063 and for SADC may not be achieved. Finance is a priority in addressing the escalating impacts of climate change and defining a path for future development in Africa. A lack thereof remains the largest obstacle to implementing initiatives that drive resilience within communities.
Africa is home to the largest forestry across the globe. There is a drive toward an energy transition to reduce carbon emissions and to help African economies mitigate the effects of climate change. Prioritising Africa’s vulnerability and unique circumstances is key to ensuring we can head towards zero emissions and limit greenhouse gas emissions that threaten our continent.
Natural resources extraction increased inequality and caused severe environmental degradation, contributing to the climate crisis. This crisis demands our focus on the needs of communities affected by resource extraction to adopt models that ensure they access benefits and promote sustainable environments.
Africa’s industrial revolution hinges on its ability to deal with the climate crisis. Its value addition model depends on implementing and achieving the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Act.
It is imperative to use COP27 as a pivotal platform for effectively addressing climate change in Africa. It is critical to jointly advocate for Africa’s position, ensuring that the voices of the most marginalised and vulnerable are heard and voiced.
COP27 is not far off. It is important to reflect on what was achieved, or not, from last year’s COP26. Themed What Were the Outcomes of COP26?, this dialogue is the first in a series for our climate change campaign Roadmap to COP27: From Johannesburg to Sharma El-Sheikh. This dialogue will contribute to shaping the continental message from communities and citizens most vulnerable to climate change, which will be presented at COP27. This dialogue will:
- Focus on the challenges experienced by communities vulnerable to climate change in southern Africa.
- Unpack Africa’s position for the upcoming COP27?
- Assess the achievements made at the Glasgow summit COP26.
- Discuss the impact of the climate crisis focusing on South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and
- Discuss the outcomes of the March African Negotiators Meeting on the COP26
- Looking forward to COP27, what should be Africa’s Position? How do we deal with the climate crisis challenges faced in the above-mentioned countries?
To watch the dialogue series, click here.