Climate Change: Challenge And Opportunity

Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of the Environment of Rwanda, and Andreas Carlgren, Minister of the Environment of Sweden have an op-ed in AllAfrica.com today on the challenges and opportunities of climate change for the developing world.

Some excerpts below, the full piece here.

“There is a fundamental unfairness implicit in climate change. The poorest and most vulnerable countries, groups and people, who are the least to blame for the steep increase in emissions of green house gases, are at the same time the most affected and the least able to adapt.

The threat to Africa in particular is extreme. Measures are therefore needed to protect the most vulnerable communities against climate destruction. We need to act to build the resilience of these communities as well as African economies….

The financial crisis, with all its associated problems, may actually be an opportunity for taking on actions and measures necessary to effectively respond to the climate challenge…

Global effort as a central pillar of response to climate change offers Africa an opportunity, in terms of providing a platform for strengthening and establishing new regional and international partnerships including in the business sector. There is plenty of room for cooperation and joint efforts.”