Kofi Annan: 'Africa does little to pollute our world, but will pay the highest price'

Africa should be aiming for green energy, and leapfrog some of the dirty processes used to become prosperous.

At the same time, even though it contributes very little to the pollution of our world, it will pay the highest price for it.

This is how former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Prize laureate Kofi Annan frames the current landscape of Africa's path to renewable energy, while maintaining the continent is a clean canvass full of possibilities and flexibility.

Annan has become an influential voice in the discourse on Africa's energy resources, and he's a member of theAfrica Progress Panel, an entity that promotes equitable and sustainable development for the continent.

In that capacity he has recently called for a boost in investment in Africa's energy to unlock its potential as a global low-carbon superpower.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/29/africa/kofi-annan-africa-green-energy/

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Annan has become an influential voice in the discourse on Africa's energy resources, and he's a member of theAfrica Progress Panel, an entity that promotes equitable and sustainable development for the continent.

In that capacity he has recently called for a boost in investment in Africa's energy to unlock its potential as a global low-carbon superpower.

The latest Progress report from the APP suggests that a ten-fold increase in power generation could provide all Africans with access to electricity by 2030.

And while Annan reckons that reliance on a traditional mix of resources will be inevitable in the short term, he believes that by turning to green energy, Africa could provide a significant contribution to the global fight against climate change.

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