Nairobi, Oct. 14 (SocialNews.XYZ) Developed nations have a moral obligation to speed up compensation for African states bearing the brunt of climate-related disasters such as recurring droughts, floods and hurricanes, a Kenyan official said.
Chris Kiptoo, the chief secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, stressed on Thursday that African countries deserve financial and technical assistance from big issuers as the climate crisis spreads across the continent, destabilizing livelihoods and ecosystems, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
“The Global North has an obligation to support our pursuit of climate resilience through adaptation finance, and that is the key message African negotiators will deliver at the upcoming global climate summit in Egypt,” Kiptoo said.
He was speaking during a meeting with a group of African climate justice activists in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where a resolution was passed calling for a common position to advance the continent’s green agenda.
Kenya this week hosted pan-African green activists who received the Climate Justice Torch, which traversed several countries across the continent to increase visibility of the devastating effects of a warming planet.
The torch will later be unveiled at the 27th UN Climate Change Summit, scheduled to take place in Egypt from November 6-18, where compensation for victims of climate-related disasters in Africa will be a key issue.
Kenya has rallied behind a common position among African states to push for more funding, technology transfer and education to help communities adapt to climate stresses, Kiptoo added. He lamented the lackluster commitment of wealthy nations to help the continent improve its ability to cope with the rising food crisis, water shortages, disease outbreaks and habitat loss associated with climate change.
According to Kiptoo, an African group of negotiators is working to fine-tune a joint proposal to be presented at the climate summit calling for compensation for populations such as nomads, women, youth and subsistence farmers who have suffered disproportionately from the climate crisis.
Mithika Mwenda, the executive director of the Nairobi-based Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), said the continent’s special needs and circumstances, including loss and damage, financing mitigation and adaptation, should receive enough attention at the upcoming climate summit .