South Africa-Environment-COP27

‘Honour your commitments,’ Ramaphosa tells Western leaders

APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

Africa needs to build adaptive capacity, foster resilience and address loss and damage as agreed at Paris COP21 in France some years ago, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has told fellow world leaders in Egypt.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the two-day Climate Implementation Summit attended by world leaders on Tuesday to kick off the 27th UN Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in the resort city of Sharma el-Sheik in Egypt. 

Delivering his country’s statement, Ramaphosa said to achieve this the African continent would need a predictable, appropriate and at-scale funding stream and technological support.

This must support the continent’s right to development, international equity and transitions that are just and inclusive, Ramaphosa said.

“This places a great responsibility on developed economies to honour their commitments to those countries with the greatest need and that confront the greatest environmental, social and economic effects of climate change,” Ramaphosa said. 

He added: “The commitments that were made must be honoured because failing to honour these commitments, breaks trust and confidence in the process.”

Developed nations promised in 2015 that they would provide developing countries US$100 billion annually for use in mitigating the effects of climate change but until now no finances have been advanced to them.

Ramaphosa called for multilateral development banks to be reformed in order to meet the needs of developing economies for sustainable development and climate resilience.

He emphasised that a clear roadmap is needed to deliver on the Glasgow 2021 decision to double adaptation financing by 2025.

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