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Africa Seeks For Urgent Action On Climate Adaptation, Finance At COP28

The African Group of negotiators is pressing for decisive and tangible actions to address the critical issues of climate adaptation, loss and damage, and finance, in the collective pursuit of a sustainable and equitable future for all.

Specifically, the African Group has placed significant importance on establishing a robust Framework for the Global Goal on Adaptation, recognizing it as the most crucial outcome for Africa at COP28.

They stress the necessity of creating both qualitative and quantitative science-based targets, which are measurable and time-bound, to help fulfill the objective of the adaptation goal.

They are also intensifying their call for substantive outcomes at the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) as they underscore the importance of enhanced climate adaptation and support for vulnerable countries amidst the challenges of climate change.

African negotiators have been placing a strong emphasis on several crucial areas in the ongoing discussions at COP28 in Dubai in the penultimate day.

They must convey the pressing need for concrete commitments and measures to address the widening gap in adaptation funding and the escalating consequences of climate change.

In highlighting the need for substantial financial resources to confront loss and damage, the African Group is calling for increased resources to effectively realize the intended purpose of the Loss and Damage Fund.

They have also commended the operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund and the adoption of the decision regarding the operationalization of the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage.

Furthermore, the African Group has underscored the critical requirement for escalated levels of new and additional finance for climate action, emphasizing that African countries need access to dependable and concessional finance.

They have pointed out the inadequate delivery of public climate finance, with developed countries falling short of meeting the $100 billion per year mobilization goal by 2020.

Additionally, the goal of doubling adaptation finance from 2019 levels by 2025 has been described as existing only on paper, with reports indicating insufficient and substandard public climate finance flows.

The African Group has emphasized the significance of the Global Stocktake (GST) outcome aligning with the principles of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, particularly considering common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities in light of different national circumstances.

They have stressed the necessity for the GST outcome to explicitly recognize Africa’s specific concerns and needs as it relates to climate action.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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