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Statement: Africa Partnership Forum special session on climate change

30 November -0001

Addis Ababa:  The APF held in Addis Ababa on 3 September 2009 a Special Session dedicated to climate change,focusing on Africa's concerns and expectations in the current UN negotiations on this matter. The meeting was addressed by H.E. Ato Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and by distinguished ministers from APF member countries.

Participants to this Special Session recognize that climate change is a critical issue globally and for Africa, and see this as a crucial year for taking effective international action. They are committed to reaching an effective and ambitious agreement at Copenhagen.


 - Urgent action needs to be taken by the international community to reduce global emissions. Africa is prepared to make a significant contribution to this effort. The Copenhagen
agreement must recognize Africa's legitimate development needs.

- Ambitious global emissions targets are needed : Action needs to be taken to cut emissions. All countries must act, consistent with our common but differentiated responsibilities and respective
capabilities. Developed countries among us will take the lead in promptly undertaking robust aggregate and individual reductions.. We recognize the broad scientific view that the increase in
global average temperature above pre-industrial levels ought not to exceed 2oC.

- Africa's contribution to this global effort needs to be recognized : Increased funding for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation needs to be an integral part of a Copenhagen agreement;

- Africa's legitimate development needs must also be recognized : Africa needs to meet its sustainable development objectives, including developing its energy resources. Increased support
for low-carbon growth must also be an integral part of aCopenhagen agreement.


 - Climate change is already having a substantial impact on Africa. Successfully adapting to these impacts is crucial to achieving its development objectives. This issue needs to be given
urgent and increased attention.

- Adapting to the impacts of climate change will impose massive additional costs on Africa: Africa is the continent least responsible for climate change, but is acutely vulnerable to its effects - on
economic growth, poverty reduction, and the prospects for achieving the MDGs. The impacts will spread across all sectors - from agriculture to water, energy and health. The costs will be enormous. Africa has far fewer resources than other regions to meet these;

- The issue of adaptation needs to be given increased priority in the UNFCCC negotiations: now that climate change is already happening, much more attention needs

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