Addis Ababa January 29/02018 African countries should collaborate to collectively tackle the negative impacts of climate change, since its cost on continent is too high to ignore, the African Union Commission said.
AUC Chairperson Mousa Faki Mahamat through a representative said member states need to collaborate and share lessons learned, and promote homegrown technologies and expertise in order to collectively tackle impacts of climate change.
Africa is disproportionately affected by climate change as evident from a number of negative occurrences, the Chairperson at the opening of the meeting of the Committee of African Heads of States and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC).
The Commission is working tirelessly to support member states so as to improve their capability in addressing the adverse impacts of climate change, he said.
"Our priority is to mobilize resources to support capacity building, technology transfer in order to facilitate member states to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change through their National Determined Contributions (NDCs)" he added.
Member states are encouraged to develop and utilize renewable energy sources to meet electricity demands including for the transport sector as a means to reduce carbon emission.
Noting that defending the position and priorities of Africa on the global arena is challenging, Mahamat said “As a continent, we need to hold those who are responsible for climate change accountable when it comes to financing our adaptation and mitigation efforts,” he stressed.
Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon and Chairperson of CAHOSCC, stressed the need to work together so as to loud Africa’s voice as one.
The president who appreciated African states on the comprehensive work they have so far undertaken in the negotiation of the climate change impact said “still there is more left to be done”.
The president has also contributed half a million USD for CAHOSCC which will be implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).