Climate Change in Africa
A race against time
Al-Hamndou Dorsouma works as Chief Climate Change Officer in the Compliance and Safeguards Division of the African Development Bank, leading Bank’s efforts on climate change in Africa, building climate resilience and low carbon opportunities into Bank’s investments, and supporting Bank’s engagement with climate financing instruments, including the Green Climate Fund. His academic background is Geography and Environmental Management.
In December 2015, in view of the need to keep the increase in global average temperature below 2 ° C or 1.5 ° C, the international community adopted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Agreement is historic, because for the first time it brings developed and developing countries together around a common goal of long-term climate action through countries’ planned contributions, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
In light of the urgency to limit the increase in global average temperature below 2 degrees Celsius, members of the international community are negotiating a new and binding climate change agreement. While the exact form and scope of the new agreement is still open to negotiation, developed and developing countries were invited to prepare their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for the post-2020 period.