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Climate change in Africa

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Africa feels the negative impacts of climate change

I believe Africa can find solutions by identifying opportunities and raising significant resources to support research and training, advocacy, policy development and action on climate change

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by Sam Otieno
in Nairobi, Kenya

As we learn more about climate change, environmental experts say its impact is increasingly being felt in Africa, and that women and children are the most vulnerable.

While analysing the consequences of this phenomenon, scientists are also telling us that although the global South contributes less to climate change, regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa suffer most from its effects.

We are approaching the most important meeting on climate change in 2015 – the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in France to be held from 30 November to 11 December.

COP 21 will be a crucial conference as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on climate change applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below two degrees Celsius.

In the post-2015 development agenda defined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is imperative that we take care of our planetary health. That means taking care of the health of human advancement and the state of the natural systems on which it depends.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.