As fires continue to rage in the Amazon basin, President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the serious threat posed to Africa by climate change, while addressing the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
“While the African continent contributes less than six percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, it has been disproportionately affected by more frequent extreme weather and climate events,” Ramaphosa said.
"During the past few years Southern Africa and other sub-regions of Africa have experienced devastating weather events, such as droughts, cyclones and floods.”
Ramaphosa used the timely climate change session chaired by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to highlight the reality that climate-related disasters have grave consequences for human security, social stability and economic development, and are generally felt most severely by the poorest and most vulnerable in society.
Ramaphosa emphasised that it is essential that African countries be provided with the necessary assistance to develop comprehensive risk management measures.