Op-Ed: Listen More Closely to Africa’s Voice on Climate Change

By Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region

As more than 120 world leaders converged on New York this week for an unprecedented UN climate summit, one highly significant voice needs to be heard. That voice belongs to Africa.

In all the global discussions around rising sea levels, shrinking rain forests, imperiled species and biodiversity, green bonds and carbon prices, Africa’s unique stake and contribution to a global climate strategy needs to be more front and center. This is only right for a continent that has contributed the least to the profound changes underway in the Earth’s climate but whose people will suffer its withering impact the most.



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