Africans should participate in climate change discussions, says UN

In 2013, tens of thousands of people in Mozambique's Limpopo valley were hit by disastrous floods

In 2013, tens of thousands of people in Mozambique’s Limpopo valley were hit by disastrous floods

In light of the recently signed global deal on  Climate Change, a UN official has appealed to world leaders to include more Africans and people of African descent in the implementation of the Paris Climate agreement.

The Chairperson of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, Mireille Fanon Mendes-France argues Africans and people of African descent ought to feature more in the discussions and decision making on the environment and climate change because they bear the brunt of climatic changes.

“Implementation of the Paris climate change agreement and future climate talks should focus on the needs and views of those most at risk, including people of African descent, and not be based on market forces,” he said.

In a statement in Geneva, Switzerland, Ms. Mendes-France observed that because Africans and people of African descent are hit hard by effects of climate change “discussions on climate change must be framed in the light of environmental inequalities and take into account people of African descent and Africans living in all regions of the world, many of whom remain trapped in structural and institutional invisibility.”

Environment-related issues like hunger, drought, flooding, conflict, migration, and disease affect a number of African Countries like Sudan, Somalia, Lesotho, Mozambique among others.