African nations are hoping to come together in one voice when the United Nations climate change meeting in Copenhagen takes place in December. Ten nations, including South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, are working on a unified platform in order to be more readily heard at the meeting.
Studies have shown that while African nations are ranked among the lowest polluters, their continent will suffer the most when it comes to climate change. The African Union (AU) has therefore brought together their environmental and agricultural ministers to agree on a cohesive platform.
Kenya’s environmental secretary, Alice Kaudia, stated: “One single country will not solve its environmental problems on its own, it will need partners, and that’s why it’s very important that there’s that unified common position.”
The nations are expected to request compensation for Africa due to the emissions of other countries and their subsequent effects on the continent. The countries are reportedly going to request $67 billion a year from the rich nations in the world, including the United States, China and the European Union.
In addition, the nations are said to be considering a request for developed nations, such as those previously listed, reducing their emissions substantially. The AU will most likely request these nations reduce their emissions by forty percent by the year 2020. These requests will be presented at the meeting come December, when plans are finalized for the replacement of the Kyoto Protocol come 2012.