The African continent is a major victim in the current climate crisis, while Africa’s CO2 emissions per capita (1.83 tons) is much less compared to Europe (5.9 tons). In early November, the (27th) annual United Nations climate summit will meet in Egypt – where experts and world leaders discuss how to address the crisis. Egypt, along with other African countries, will call attention to the necessary climate adaptation in Africa. What new agreements were made at the climate summit, and what is the role of the Netherlands?
With the world in flames and under floodwaters, the eyes of people everywhere will be on the decision-makers at COP27.President Nana Akufo-Addo van Ghana
At the 2009 climate summit, the UN decided to provide $100 billion annually for climate adaptation in Africa. Unfortunately, the promised amount of money was never met, while African countries are facing massive droughts, floods and famines due to climate change. The Netherlands also failed to reach the promised amount of money. What role does the Netherlands currently see for itself in climate adaptation for the African continent? And what is the extent of damage in the African continent from the climate crisis?
About the speakers
Jaime de Bourbon de Parme has been the new climate envoy since August 1, 2021. On behalf of the entire national government, he is committed to making global agreements on climate action.
Patrick Bond is professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. He focuses on political economy, climate, and geopolitics.
Desmond D’sa is of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), an environmental justice organization based in South Durban, South Africa
Thyrza Zoons is board member Public Affairs at the international platform for young climate organizations ‘We Are Tomorrow Global Partnership’. As an advocate of climate justice, she gives young people an international platform and a seat at the table of decision-makers, especially those from the most vulnerable countries.