equitable measures

COP26: ‘We cannot just ask African countries to stop exploiting their coal, oil and gas’

By Fred Harter

Premium badge Reserved for subscribers

Posted on November 1, 2021 10:36

Climate COP26 Summit
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, right, greet Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema during arrivals at the COP26 U.N. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale is the chair of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change and is leading talks on behalf of the continent at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow. On the eve of the summit, he sat down with The Africa Report to outline Africa’s demands going into the negotiations.

Gahouma has called for $1trn in annual funding to help developing countries deal with the effects of climate change, a 10-fold increase on the existing commitment of $100bn. He says this money will help countries implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs): a set of climate plans submitted by all countries party to the talks.

He has also highlighted the responsibility that big emitters have towards developing countries when it comes to dealing with the effects of climate change and the disproportionate impact rising temperatures are due to have on Africa.

The COP26 officially opens on 31 October and runs until 12 November.

On the eve of the opening of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale sat down with The Africa Report. 

What is the continent’s negotiating position at COP26 and what do you hope to achieve at the talks?

Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale: These

There's more to this story

Get unlimited access to our exclusive journalism and features today. Our award-winning team of correspondents and editors report from over 54 African countries, from Cape Town to Cairo, from Abidjan to Abuja to Addis Ababa. Africa. Unlocked.

Subscribe Now

cancel anytime