Civil society and grassroot organisations from Africa have described the just-ended climate negotiations by the Conference of Parties (COP) in Glasgow as the “most exclusive” since the Paris Agreement.
They insisted that the lofty promises and glowing speeches made by world leaders including; United States President, Joe Biden, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, among a host of others, gave way to bewilderment among civil societies in Africa that expected concrete commitments that will save the continent from climate-induced extinction.
This was in a statement jointly signed by Mr Labram Musah, the Executive Director of Programmes of the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and Mr Philip Jakpor, the Director of Programmes Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa and copied to the Ghana News Agency.
They bemoaned how the Global North countries again shunned their responsibility of committing to financing adaptation and mitigation measures for countries in the Global South, who are most affected by climate change, and how false solutions and distractions such as carbon markets net zero took centre stage during the negotiations.
The statement said: “The outcome of COP26 means we still have an enormous challenge ahead of us. Collectively we must rise to that challenge by pressing ahead to Make Big Polluters Pay for their climate crimes.
“This position is contained in the African Civil Society Position Paper and we will keep advancing it until justice is secured.”