Africa Calls for a Climate Emergency

Another central discussion at the UNGA: Climate change, with African leaders angling for the UN to declare a global emergency, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
The leaders will ask for legally binding agreements to ensure the Paris Agreement goals are met. Reinforcing years of calls for wealthy nations to step up, they will likely request more funding to help Africans adapt to extreme weather and rising sea levels.

Oxfam concurs, pushing rich countries to "take urgent action to reduce emissions and provide financial support to the poorest communities," said CEO Danny Sriskandarajah.

Currently, less than a penny a day in international aid goes to helping the world’s poorest people cope with climate change, found a new analysis by Oxfam, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
In 2009 wealthy nations pledged $100 billion by 2020 to that cause; $71 billion has been raised so far.

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