The African Climate Week ended this Friday, September 2 in Libreville, Gabon. For five days, some 2,300 participants from governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society reflected on two major themes especially for Africa. It is about seeking a global average temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius and building a resilient future. Approximately 200 workshops were organized to understand the solutions against climate change. At the end, all African countries agreed to affirm with one voice that the next COP should not be the one of promises, but rather of action.
“We have thought too much, it is time to act. Let Africa no longer be here to wait, to listen to promises. Action is what we want. The implementation of solutions to meet the expectations of suffering populations. For example, how to finance programs on floods, on drought, on agriculture? This is what the people want: that it is a COP of actions, a COP of solutions, a COP of the people,” said Honoré Tabuna, responsible for the environment in the 12 member countries of ECCAS, the Economic Community of Central African States.
With only 3% of greenhouse gas emissions, Africa is unfortunately suffering from the effects of climate change that has recently reached its peak on the continent. Note that the COP, the conference on climate change takes place next November in Egypt.