Statement by Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President, Ministerial Conference, Paris, France, September 6 2015
Your Excellency, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, France;
Your Excellency, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru;
Honorable Ministers, Distinguished Participants.
First let me start by thanking the government of France for their boldness, leadership and vision in addressing the crucial challenge of climate change, and of course for hosting the forthcoming COP21.
Climate change is the most important development challenge of our time. Evidence suggests that outcomes of COP21, if seen as equitable, can lead to more effective cooperation in addressing the climate challenge. COP 21 presents a unique opportunity for a binding agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions, charting the way for transformative partnerships in addressing the adverse effects of climate change. Africa’s voice is crucial to guarantee the success of COP21 and it must be heard.