Africa to scrutinize climate change agreement

September 6, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

 

 

African countries would not blindly support any position that did not factor in the continent’s specific interests, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia has said. Meles Zenawi, is leading the African team to the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen in December.

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In a keynote address to the special session of the African Partnership Forum (APF), hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Thursday in Addis Ababa, the Prime Minister said while African negotiators would reason with everyone to achieve the continent’s objective, they would not rubberstamp any agreement by the powers that be as the best Africa could get for the moment.
“We will use our numbers to delegitimize any agreement that is not consistent with our minimal position,” said Zenawi, adding: “If need be, we are prepared to walk out of any negotiation that threatens to be another rape of our continent.”
The Prime Minister said Africa’s main interest was not to claim compensation for climate change and its damages, but to prevent damages in the first place because Africa’s eco-systems are amongst the most fragile in the world and highly vulnerable to small changes in temperature.

 

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