17 December 2018 – Perhaps, it could not be more aptly put than how it was succinctly expressed by the UN Chief when he told conference participants at the COP24 climate conference, in Katowice, Poland, that “failing to agree on climate action would ‘not only be immoral’ but ‘suicidal’”  But is the laudable goal to prepare Africa for the ravages of climate change really on the global agenda? Your guess is as good as mine.
Available data shows that governments of countries of the global North may need to do far more than is being done now to seriously walk the talk. At present, as Ahunna Eziakonwa – Director of UNDP’s Africa Bureau notes, developed nations are yet to make good on their 2015 Paris Agreement commitments to dedicate $100 billion annually to support climate action in developing nations . Interestingly, in 2015, Environment Secretary Ashok Lavasa had pointed out that certainly such a Green Climate Fund of $100 billion is not enough to tackle the climate change challenges developing nations are faced with . More ought to be done by especially five of the G20 developed countries responsible for well over 50% of fossil fuel C02 emissions globally . Yet, to mark a modest point to begin with, even getting such countries to meet their commitment captured in the 2015 Paris Global Pact appears to be a waiting for Godot affair.
The witty adage prevention is better than cure, may then be the fitting remark here. Yet, observable evidence appears to indicate that governments of countries of the global North and the multinational corporations (MNCs) of their rich and powerful political class at large are yet to heed this call of caution [5-10]. In fact, the watershed investigative journalistic findings of the Guardian revealing the UN’s contrary action to the six principles of responsible investment (PRI), whose authorship it is a driving force behind, with regards to its share holdings in Shell – the petroleum company with a rich record of a continuing trend of environmental rights violations in Nigeria, among such several other MNCs, vividly portrays that the Security Council (made up of five of such states) seems yet to have environmental security – for Africa and the world at large – on the human security agenda of the UN .
One can only hope that the voice of reason and rationality will prevail with the governments of the global super power nations and their political class at large to do the needful on the preventive and curative edges of putting climate action for Africa on the global agenda. Else, failing to agree on climate action for Africa would not only be immoral but suicidal for Africans, the world and these rich and powerful class of developed countries of the global North at large and their multinational corporations as well. A stitch in time saves nine.
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AFRISCOPE is a periodic column initiative of Humanity Voice Watch that seeks to explore policy issues and challenges that revolve around concerns that border on the sustainable development of Africa, the fraction of all humanity therein, and the wider implications for all humanity and their world.
‘Tosin Titley is a development communication professional who conducts research and offers a broad spectrum of consulting services on development communication.