7 February 2010

Climate Challenge in Africa


He highlighted that Africa is already facing the brunt of climate change. He said that although he felt encouraged by the IPCC and the recent Copenhagen Accord, he felt that the lack of action at present is the biggest hurdle to development.
He expressed that Rwanda is already facing serious climate change threats. He also emphasized that natural adaptation capacities must be supported adequately by financial and human capacities.
He asserted that climate change could be looked upon as an opportunity if the industrial community of the world supports Africa in its efforts to combat climate change. He said that having learnt bitter lessons from the WTO, it would be better to start acting now on adaptation and mitigation strategies rather than losing precious time waiting for other parties to come on board.
Mr Aboulie Janneh Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia   HE Mr Stanislas Kamanzi Minister of Natural Resources, Rwanda   HE Mr Erastus Mwencha Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ethiopia  

She stressed that India, particularly South Asia, and Africa should learn from each other, and build their capacities to make themselves less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
He maintained that there is a need for concentrating on the existing IPR regime for provision of clean technologies to developing countries. He also emphasized that in the case of new financing, it should be taken care that the terms of trade for Africa are not diluted.
Dr Ligia Noronha Director, Resources and Global Security, Centre for Global Agreements, Leg. & Trade, TERI, India   Mr Gurjit Singh Joint Secretary (East & Southern Africa), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India      

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