CLIMATE CHANGE AND AFRICA: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADDRESSING THE CONSEQUENCES?
Faced with increasing temperatures, melting polar ice and more volatile weather, delegates from nearly 190 nations started the negotiations of a new climate treaty at the U.N. climate conference in Bali yesterday. Mithika Mwenda from Climate Network Africa and Kate Raworth from Oxfam UK are both in Bali, following the negotiations closely. They will answer your questions during the Norwegian Council for Africa’s Cyber Seminar session on December 11, 12-14 local time in Norway (GMT + 01:00)
The Cyber Seminar is a virtual seminar – a forum for participants all over the world to engage with each other and with panellists from academia, politics and civil society on issues of current interest to Africa. For the first ever Cyber Seminar session, the issue is climate change and Africa: Who is responsible for addressing the consequences?
Activists and organizations around the world have the last years underscored the need for urgent progress on climate change and poverty alleviation for there to be real improvement in Africa's living conditions. While rich countries are responsible for three quarters of green house gas (GHG) emissions, it is the poor countries – particularly in Africa – that are hit the hardest. Climate change will critically jeopardise Africa’s economic development and poverty reduction achievements. What are the challenges ahead, who are responsible for addressing the consequences and can the Bali conference provide any answers?