Climate change has massive implications for development in Africa, a continent that contributes the least greenhouse gases but stands to lose the most with climate change because of its vulnerability and limited adaptation capacity.
The 5th Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe had the theme: “Africa, Climate Change and Sustainable development: What is at stake at Paris and beyond?”
Presentations and discussions at the conference were shaped in ways that concrete proposals could be elicited to strengthen Africa’s contributions at COP 21 which opens in Paris, France at the end of November.
In Paris, a new universal climate governance regime is expected to be adopted, which will come into effect in 2020.
Seth Osafo, a member of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) and former Legal Advisor to the UNFCCC spoke at the CCDA-V on the subject “Kyoto to Paris – an African Perspective”.
In an interview with Kofi Adu Domfeh, he begins by touching on the African voice at COP21 and the political commitment of African governments in the articulation and implementation of INDCs.