Climate Change in Africa
A race against time
Al-Hamdou Dorsouma works as Manager for Climate and Green Growth Division within the Climate Change and Green Growth Department of the African Development Bank, managing a team of Climate Change and Growth Officers and 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 the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and supporting Africa’s negotiation process. Mr. Dorsouma is also the Officer-In-Charge of the Bank’s Climate Finance Division, leading Bank’s climate finance initiatives, including the Green Climate Fund. His academic background is Geography and Environmental Management.
Climate diplomacy is the process of advocating for actions to respond to climate change in diplomatic dialogues, public diplomacy, and policy instruments, and of contributing to public awareness about climate actions needed to effect change. What role does climate diplomacy play in ensuring effective climate actions around the globe?
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.