COP 27 represents a critical moment for Africa, according to South African Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs Barbara Creecy during pre-COP negotiations in DRC.
“COP 27 is a critical moment for all of us in Africa,” said South African Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs Barbara Creecy in her opening remarks at the pre-COP 27 negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 3 October.
COP 27 must deliver
“Taking place on African soil, [COP 27] must deliver meaningful and substantive progress on adaptation, loss and damage and means of implementation support for African and other developing countries,” urged Minister Creecy.
She added: “COP27 further needs to focus on supporting a people-centered, just and equitable transition in the developing world. The urgent need is to adapt now while we build resilience for the future. We can only avoid loss and minimize damage with the appropriate scale of public finance that does not exacerbate the indebtedness of Africa.”
Ensuring that climate change resilience improves
COP 27 must ensure that the outcome of the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) increases the actual resilience of the continent’s population to the adverse impacts of climate change by at least 50% by 2030 and by at least 90% by 2050. The focus must be placed on the most vulnerable people and communities to support health and well-being, food and water security and infrastructure and the built environment, as well as ecosystems and ecosystem services, argued Minister Creecy.
“We also need an outcome on a key set of adaptation finance goals as part of the GGA, focusing on core adaptation support in a range of sectors, and also as part of the deliberations on a new collective quantified goal on finance; and present a clear roadmap to deliver on the Glasgow decision to double adaptation finance by 2025,” she said.
Annual contributions, timing and multilateral work vital
This roadmap, as stated in the AMCEN Dakar decisions, should include projected annual contributions, the timing of such contributions, and the multilateral institutions that will channel these resources to developing countries.
Held on African soil for the second time, COP 27 starts in the Egyptian resort city Sharm el Sheikh from 6 to 18 November.
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