NEW YORK – "Urgent measures" are needed throughout the world African continent to mitigate the risks of climate change and preserve socio-economic development, has alerted the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in a new report published in the margins of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP24) to Katowice, Poland.
"Africa is at a turning point," said Ahunna Eziakonwa, director of the UNDP Office for Africa. According to her, despite persistent inequalities, the countries of the continent have achieved "impressive economic, political and social growth in recent decades".
However, "climate change, droughts, floods, changing rainfall patterns and conflicts could negate efforts to combat hunger and achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement and the Development Agenda. 2030. "
For two weeks, COP24 brought together thousands of decision-makers, advocates and climate activists, with one key goal: to adopt global guidelines for the 197 parties to the Paris Agreement.
At COP21 held in 2015 in the French capital, countries pledged to limit global warming to less than 2 C – and as close as possible to 1.5 – above pre-industrial levels. COP25 will be held in Chile before the end of 2019.