African cities particularly vulnerable to impacts of climate change
JOHANNESBURG - Africa needs to take urgent and ambitious action to adapt to the impacts of climate change, while contributing to the worldwide goal of restricting global warming, a conference in Ghana has heard.
The annual pan-African Climate Chance Summit which concluded in Accra on Friday brought together mayors, city officials and experts from across the continent to deliberate on the mounting pressure on African cities to act in the face of climate change.
Delegates heard that these cities were particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate in an urbanising world, with two out of every three in sub-Saharan Africa considered to be at extreme risk.
"We need to take proactive steps to curb human activities endangering the planet. Climate change presents us a global challenge, but cities offer us the solutions,” Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo told the conference.
The summit also focused on mobilising climate finance for African cities, with data showing only three percent of such funds flow to sub-Saharan Africa despite the fact that large portions of its population are extremely vulnerable.
“We know that innovative and context specific ideas that can enable a step change towards sustainability exist on the continent," said Dr Meggan Spires from the Africa branch of ICLEI, a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development, which was founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
"Where our city stakeholders need support is in translating these ideas into bankable projects that will attract finance at scale."
Active in more than 100 countries, ICLEI influences sustainability policy and drives local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.
- African News Agency (ANA)