Africans generate just a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions but are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and the lack of widespread access to sustainable modern energy services continues to stifle opportunity, job creation, and resilience. Economies on the African continent need greater wealth, energy, and infrastructure to adapt to climate impacts and meet the needs of growing populations. But too often, African perspectives and ambitions are sidelined in international dialogues and policies — putting Africa’s future at risk.
The Africa Center and the Energy for Growth Hub held a discussion with leading African experts on what the recent international UN climate negotiations actually delivered for the African continent. What implications will the various pledges, commitments, and decisions have for climate justice, and for African economies and ambitions? What’s on the table for next year’s negotiations in Egypt? And what more can African leaders, researchers and activists do to establish their own visions for a climate-smart future, and ensure their priorities are heard?
The conversation featured leading African leaders on climate policy, energy, and economic development, Habiba Ahut Daggash of RMI, James Mwangi of Dahlberg, and moderated by the CEO of The Africa Center, Uzodinma Iweala. Watch the event below: