Aug. 19, (Xinhua/GNA) - The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has urged
African countries to voice the continent's united position during the upcoming
international Climate Action Summit.
The ECA asked
African countries to voice their united position during imminent int'l Climate
Action Summit, which is slated to be convened next month by the UN
Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.
Amid the call
to find a common position in the fight against climate change, the ECA also
revealed that it will hold a high-level continental Conference on Climate
Change and Development in Africa (CCDA) in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa from
August 28-30 under the theme "Stepping up Climate Action for Resilient
Economies in Africa."
James Murombedzi, Chief of the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) at the ECA,
the continental conference, which will be held at the African Union (AU)
headquarters, "will help ensure Africa comes up with a united position to
take to the Climate Action Summit."
conference is important as it will discuss the impacts of climate change on the
continent," an ECA statement quoted Murombedzi as saying on Sunday.
earlier in the year we had cyclone Idai that killed thousands in Southern
Africa and destroyed infrastructure estimated to be worth over a billion
dollars," the ACPC chief said, adding
real consequences that are impacting people's lives on the continent which will
be discussed during the meeting, among other topics."
climate-themed continental conference "will also help ensure that Africa's
voice is amplified and heard at the summit in New York in September," said
which will bring together the continent's climate stakeholders, would also
examine Africa's Nationally Determined Contributions and define additional
actionable climate interventions to alleviate the impacts of climate change on
ordinary people, according to the ECA.
The ECA also
stressed that "impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are
having very real consequences on people's lives with national economies being
disrupted, increasing costs and negative impacts on health, livelihoods and
is also accelerating environmental degradation and species loss, generating
conflicts, and constraining the ability of most African countries to attain the
global sustainable development goals and ideals of Africa's Agenda 2063.
The ECA also
emphasized the United Nations' recent call targeting world leaders "to
come to the Climate Action Summit with concrete, realistic plans to enhance
their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing
greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero
emissions by 2050 as called for by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) report."
the ECA, the global Climate Action Summit, among other issues, is expected to
deliberate on the climate finance and carbon pricing, energy transition,
industry transition, nature-based solutions towards reducing emissions,
increasing sink capacity and enhancing resilience within and across forestry,
agriculture, oceans, and food systems.
The summit also
envisaged to advance mitigation and resilience at urban and local levels, with
a focus on new commitments on low-emission buildings, mass transport, and urban
infrastructure; and resilience for the urban poor.