Climate Change in Africa
A race against time
Timothy Afful-Koomson is a Principal Green Growth Officer with the African Development Bank’s Safeguards and Compliance Division where he coordinates the Bank’s capacity development initiatives on Green Growth. He also coordinates the Bank’s implementation of the Regional Flagship Programs designed by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment as part of the outcomes of Rio+20 and supports the Bank’s participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process. Timothy graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University with a PhD in International Trade and Investment.
It is widely acknowledged that while Africa is a minor contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, it bears a disproportionate amount of the adverse effects of climate change impacts. Being the continent with the greatest vulnerability to climate change, and lowest adaptive capacity, has provided the impetus for Africa’s commitment to chart a global response to climate change within the multilateral processes of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).