Environment Ministers from Gabon, Niger, and Namibia in Cairo met at the African Ministers Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) on Sunday to prepare for the COP22 United Nations climate summit which will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, later this year in November.
The purpose of the meeting, as stated by The Egyptian Minister of Environment and AMCEN President, Khaled Fahmy, was aimed at outlining the African countries’ position and establishing a common ground and vision regarding the Paris Agreement.
It was observed at the meeting that the environmental challenges faced by Africa require collaborative work between its countries in order to reach common goals that will serve sustainable development across different fields.”
The African continent has a particularly vulnerable status regarding climate change, even if it contributes the least to global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, of which Egypt is the lead country, is active across the continent but needs important funding by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in order to help reduce Africa’s emissions.
During COP22, mechanisms, partnerships, and tools to achieve the climate targets set last December in Paris will be discussed by the different countries.