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African governments are committed to addressing climate change – Fikayo Akeredolu

IMAGE: Fikayo Akeredolu, China-Africa Program Officer at the African Climate Foundation

According to Fikayo Akeredolu, the China-Africa Program Officer at the African Climate Foundation, African governments have shown varying levels of commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainability.

She made this revelation during a Sino-African Voices interaction with the Africa-China Centre for Policy and Advisory.

The Africa-China Centre for Policy and Advisory is a Sino-African research and policy think tank and advisory firm headquartered in Ghana.

The Sino-African Voices is a series of Q&As on broader issues regarding Africa-China economic, social, and political cooperation.

According to Fikayo Akeredolu the China-Africa Program Officer at the African Climate Foundation,

“What is most important to note is that African countries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to factors such as reliance on agriculture, limited infrastructure, and limited resources for adaptation and mitigation.”

Fikayo Akeredolu

She further stated that while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing climate change, several trends and initiatives can be observed across the continent, including the fact that:

  •  “Several African countries are investing in renewable energy sources like solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal power. These initiatives aim to diversify energy sources, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and promote sustainable energy generation.”
  • “Some African countries have entered Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) with Global North partners, and some have launched Just Energy Transition Plans for which they seek funding.”
  • “African countries have participated in multilateral climate regimes to varying degrees at events like COP and African Climate Week.”

This year’s Africa Climate Week (ACW) took place from September 4–8 in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the Government of Kenya. The annual event brought together leaders from governments, businesses, international organizations, and civil society to explore ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while adapting to the mounting fallout from the climate crisis.

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