MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) – The latest meeting of African countries’ climate negotiators ahead of the UN global summit kicks off Monday in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, with participants expected to focus on how to use renewable energy on the continent. are staged.
The organizers of the annual conference on climate change and development in Africa said the meeting is the last chance for the continent’s negotiators, government officials, climate scientists, grassroots civil society organizations and agricultural associations to refine the continent’s interests and agree on a common position to promote at the climate summit in Egypt in November, known as COP27.
How the continent will move to clean energy without leaving the poorest communities behind and ensuring renewable energy boosts countries’ economies will be a key point of discussion for African delegations, said James Murombedzi of the Africa Climate Policy Centre.
He added that participants will also likely look at how to fund more renewable energy on the continent and seek additional funds to help vulnerable communities adapt to extreme weather events and ensure food security.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, Africa has attracted only 2% of the world’s investment in clean energy over the past 20 years.
African countries are expected to push developed countries for more climate finance at COP27. Countries want highly polluting countries to pay compensation to countries that have contributed little to climate change, but are more vulnerable to its effects. This is known as “loss and damage” in climate negotiations.
“As we have argued for decades, adaptation and increasingly loss and damage are the top priorities for climate action for the continent,” said Mithika Mwenda, one of the co-organizers of the meeting and part of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance.
Africa is responsible for about 3% to 4% of global emissions, despite being home to nearly 17% of the world’s population, but experts say it is particularly vulnerable to climate change because it has less ability to adapt.
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