Africa supports ambition on NDCS, the adaptation goal and means of implementation

14 December 2019

 

As we move towards the closing session of COP25, Barbara Creecy, African Ministers Conference Environment (AMCEN) President, has urged parties not to abandon their quest to promote ambition in their search for compromises.

Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, Barbara Creecy said that: “for Africa, true to the language of the Paris Agreement, there have always been three related and equally important aspects to ambition: ambition with regard to improving our NDCs, Ambition with regard to an Adaptation Goal and associated action and Ambition on means of implementation”.

Adaptation finance remains crucial for Africa’s people in the face of deteriorating living conditions as a result of extreme weather phenomena associated with climate change. Scientific reports presented during the course of this conference strongly indicate that worse is yet to come, said the AMCEN President.

“The African continent remains convinced that all three global goals in the Paris Agreement must be advanced with equal determination. Across Africa, research is indicating that countries are already spending between two and nine percent on average, of their GDPs on adaptation measures,” said Ms Creecy.

The AMCEN President went on to stress that given Africa’s history of colonialism and underdevelopment, and its current reality of unemployment, infrastructure backlogs and inequality, the continent could not afford to carry the Adaptation Burden alone.

As floods, drought, advancing desertification and storms take their devastating toll on communities, important resources that should be going towards meeting social and economic needs are diverted to emergency response.

“We urgently require new, predictable and adequate financing for adaptation beyond voluntary donor assistance. Without adequate means of finance developing countries face almost insurmountable barriers to participating in the war on climate change. It is important that the search for solutions to this continues.”

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