Negotiations promise to be stormy in Sharm el-Sheikh, from November 6 to 18. It must be said that Africans are upset, even angry, against what they equate to a form of hypocrisy on the part of industrialized countries. This was perfectly illustrated in September by the failure of the Rotterdam summit.
This conference, an initiative set up by Africans at the 26e Conference parties (COP 26), was to enable the mobilization of 25 billion dollars to finance adaptation to climate change on the continent. A veritable fiasco, it ended with the promise of a ridiculous envelope of… 55 million dollars.
Climate: the anger of Macky Sall, Félix Tshisekedi and Nana Akufo-Addo against Westerners
« […] 55 million for 54 countries”, will resume a few weeks later, Nana Akufo-Addo, then visiting Paris. “It’s not fair, it’s not fair. Applying the principle of equity is not giving, it is refusing to take an advantage that does not belong to you. It has nothing to do with charity,” he insisted.
The tone is set. In the Netherlands, where the Ghanaian president represented the continent alongside Macky Sall and Felix Tshisekedi, not only did the commitment of Western leaders (political and industrial) not live up to expectations, most above all, the latter did not deign to attend this meeting to which they were invited. “It leaves a bad taste in our mouths,” the Senegalese head of state and current president of the African Union (AU) did not fail to point out. Adding to the large European industrial groups: “They are the main polluters of this planet, they are the ones who should finance these changes. »
Youba Sokona: “On the climate, Africa must avoid the trap of mimicry with Westerners”
Whether in August in Libreville during African Climate Week, or in early October in Kinshasa on the occasion of the pre-COP, almost everywhere on the continent, as this COP 27 approaches, one and same feeling dominates: “frustration”, breathes Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale, who was chief negotiator of the Africa group during the COP 26.