Africa Calls Global Action to Combat Climate Change

The pact dictates that no country in Africa and the globe should ever have to choose between development aspirations and climate action as it places emphasis on collective global action.

Africa has called for collective global action in resource mobilization for both development and climate action. African leaders challenged the global community to honor its commitments citing the Paris Summit for a New Global Financing Pact.

Led by President William Ruto and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki, the leaders urged development partners to align their technical and financial resources towards promoting sustainable utilization of natural assets in Africa.

The declaration was made on Wednesday at the Africa Climate Summit, KICC, Nairobi, dubbed The African Leaders Nairobi Declaration on Climate Change stresses that no country should ever have to choose between development aspirations and climate action.

“We call upon the global community to act with urgency in reducing emissions, fulfilling its obligations, keeping past promises, and supporting the continent in addressing climate change,” read a statement.

Presidents Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Julius Maada (Sierra Leone), Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (Djibouti), Isaias Afwerki (Eritrea) and Idriss Deby (Chad) and DRC Congo Prime Minister Sama Lukonde Kyenge were present.

Others were First Lady Rachel Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Angola Vice President Esperança da Costa, Namibia Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, Commonwealth SSecretary-GeneralPatricia Scotland, former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo and 66 ministers from different countries.

The African leaders appealed to world leaders to consider the proposal for a global carbon taxation regime without forgetting affordable and accessible finance for climate-positive investments.

President William Ruto in the Company of His Deputy and fellow Kenyan leaders at KICC

President Ruto challenged the global community to address unjust international development financial institutions and governance frameworks. He said reforms in the multilateral financial architecture and the mobilization of adequate financial resources were vital to the continent’s well-being and the success of climate action.

“As Africa, we have challenged the international community to exercise a level of imagination in governance and climate action that is commensurate with the imperative to overcome the immense existential challenges of our time, ” he said.

The President observed that Africa’s vast resources make the continent the future of climate action and green industrialization. As he further cited the continent’s incomparably young, resilient, and motivated human capital, natural resource wealth, and green energy potential assets that will drive the future.

Dr Ruto described the Africa Climate Summit as a success citing the move by governments, the private sector, multilateral banks, and philanthropists to commit $23 billion for green growth, mitigation, and adaptation efforts across Africa.

The Nairobi Declaration, he added, has set the stage for a new phase in the global climate action and sustainable development agenda as it is also the first summit in Africa on the grave issue impacting lives globally.

“We Africa have demonstrated to the world what we have and what we can do and also asked the world for what we need and what the global community can do,” he said.

Mr Faki said the Nairobi declaration has been endorsed unanimously, demonstrating the continent’s desire to mitigate climate change.

“The Africa Union will work out a road map for the implementation of this declaration,” he said.

He called on leaders in Africa to continue pushing for climate justice, concrete action, and honoring commitments.

Mr Faki called for teamwork and unity in ensuring Africa’s voice is heard.

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