20 Apr 2016
Angela Lusigi and Ishmael Dodoo
The topic of this blog will be debated at the upcoming Maendeleo Africa Debates in New York. Please submit your comments and queries below or via Twitter using the hashtag #MaendeleoForum.
Hemingway once said, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” On April 22nd 2016 in New York, over 130 nations are expected to sign the long-awaited Paris Agreement and begin the journey to limit global warming. This agreement reinforces the global Agenda 2030 that aims to eradicate multiple dimensions of poverty and improve people’s lives, through equitable and inclusive pathways to prosperity, within the planet’s ecological boundaries. This is the first stop on the road from Paris where in December 2015, over 200 nations agreed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels. The ideal target is to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C (2.7°F). This implies significant cuts in greenhouse emission and a transformation in our global consumption and production patterns with consequences for Africa’s present and future growth trajectories.
Africa’s journey is navigated by its common Africa position on climate change which was effectively used to push for a climate change …