Migrations, climate change, the increased vulnerability of Africa… From the One Planet Summit to African Climate Week, this week’s development press review questions the central role of the African continent in facing global issues.
Droughts, flooding… In 2018, over 60% of new registered internal displacements were associated to climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s latest data on the impacts of accelerating climate change.
“ State of the Climate in 2018 shows accelerating climate change impacts ” , World Meteorological Organization, March 28, 2019
Climate is where the gulf between global rich and poor is most blatant. University of Essex Lecturer Nicholas Beuret argues that, in a world where the richest 10% produce five times the emissions of the poorest 50%, a solution to reduce carbon emissions could be “eating the rich”.
“ Emissions inequality : there is a gulf between global rich and poor ” , The Conversation, March 28, 2019
Climate and development go hand in hand. This is a fact for the delegates attending Africa Climate Week in Accra. For them, convincing climate investors to increase finance flows towards Africa is key.
“ Africa Climate Week Signals Continent’s Huge Investment Opportunity ” , United Nations Climate Change, March 20, 2019
Cyclone Idai reached the African coast the day the One Planet Summit was launched in Nairobi. Hundreds of people died in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Landry Ninteretse analyses this new reminder of the destructive power of climate change.
“ Cyclone Idai shows the deadly reality of climate change in Africa ” , The Guardian, March 21, 2019
Only 4% of global carbon emissions come from Africa, yet 65% of Africans are directly affected by climate change. The new promises of green financing made during the One Planet Summit in Nairobi cannot remain unkept.
“ One Planet Summit : AfDB will release $25 billion for climate projects by 2025 ” , Afrik21, March 16, 2019
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