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Africa’s high stake in climate change

“For Africa, climate change has massive consequences, the continent contributes the least to greenhouse gases but tends to be the most vulnerable to its consequences. This climate change is a threat to human survival in Africa,” said Mr. Emmerson D. Mnangagwa, the Vice-President of Zimbabwe, when opening the 5th Climate Change and Development in Africa Conference, currently taking place in Victoria Falls. Mr.Mnangagwa pointed out that Africa has a large stake at the forthcoming COP21 negotiations in Paris and at adapting to climate change since it will be the region most affected by the impact of this change. African economies “Africa is grappling with recurring droughts due to climate change. Africa has the greatest interest in a climate change governance framework,” he emphasised and noted that “COP21 represents a unique chance for Africa to assert itself in climate global governance”.

Photo Credit: Andrew Ashton

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