African environment ministers in Dakar to

The 18th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment began on Thursday 15 September in Dakar in the presence of John Kerry, US Special Envoy for the Climate. A conference to review the ecological challenges in Africa and prepare the next COP27 to be held in November in Egypt.

as reported from Dakar, Charlotte Idrac

Coastal erosion, floods, droughts, consequences in terms of food insecurity… John Kerry reminded us: African countries produce very little greenhouse gas, but they are paying dearly for the effects of the climate crisis. “Developed countries need to do more,” acknowledged the US special climate envoy, who announced US financial support for the African Development Bank’s climate change programme. reduction of methane emissions in Africa.

Adaptation is the concept which came up very often in speeches at the King Fahd Palace hotel in Dakar. Which coping strategy? Participants insisted on the need to agree on common guidelines in Africa to speak with one voice next COP27especially on the issue of funding.

The representatives of the least developed countries also demanded in Dakar the creation of a fund to take responsibility for loss and damage, that compensation for damage caused by global warming in poor countries was a priority on the agenda of the next COP. “Those who have polluted more must put their hands in their pockets. It is not development aid,” said Abdou Karim Sall, Senegal’s environment minister. “At the next COP, he said, we hope that justice will be done for Africa.”

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