The world could miss out in the fight against climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if the current scale of forest destruction continues, according to Kofi Annan, chair of the Africa Progress Panel.
For Sub-Saharan Africa, 2015 is a turning point. The summits on sustainable development, financing and climate change are swinging the spotlight not only onto Africa’s needs to accelerate development and adapt to global warming, but also onto the region’s urgent energy crisis. Two in three Africans lack access to electricity.
More than two billion people still suffer from poor nutrition.
As countries race to negotiate a new climate treaty by December 2015, the nature of the climate regime is evolving in profound ways. First, the object of the negotiations has shifted.
At the global climate conference in Paris in late 2015, world leaders have promised concerted action to limit greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate harmful climate effects. As that date approaches, Africa finds itself in a unique position: no region faces greater risks from the effects of climate change, yet Africa accounts for only 3 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.