Africa is the continent that historically and contemporarily has contributed least to human-induced climatic changes yet it is in many ways already suffering some of global warming’s most devastating consequences. Despite this stark reality, African ideas about climate and perspectives on the political economy of mitigation and adaptation are rarely highlighted in global forums.

Through a new webinar series, the Center on Global Energy Policy seeks to foreground the heterogeneity of perspectives found around the continent on what climate means in different African contexts and how more than one billion Africans are already living with extraordinary climatological variability and constraints on the use of natural resources.

The first session of the series brought together prominent voices from different parts of the continent to explore African priorities in global and regional climate diplomacy; to analyze the historical role played by African states in global discussions, from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement; and to identify ways in which African bureaucratic, economic and political realities will intersect with international negotiations in the future.

Moderator:

  • Dr. Harry Verhoeven, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA

Panelists:

  • Kamissa Camara, Director for External Affairs and Africa Policy, The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
  • Pa Ousman Jarju, Director of Programming, Green Climate Fund; former Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, The Gambia; and former Chair; Least Developed Countries Group to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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