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Africa: It's Paris, or Never!

Africa set the tone for the countdown to the pivotal climate conference in Paris, France this December, by boldly taking a unanimous position supporting the idea of establishing the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the Africa Climate Talks (ACT) meeting held early last month in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

GCF is a fund within the framework of the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) founded as an instrument to redistribute money from the developed to the developing world, in order to assist the developing countries to adapt to and mitigate effects of climate change.

UN member states are to accelerate the fight against climate change through plans known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which contain details of what each country is prepared to do as part of a intended new global climate agreement.

Countries are also to come up with their proposed climate change adaptation policies, which is a planned course of action to combat the ravages of climate change.

Photo Credit: Le Centre d'Information sur l'Eau

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