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COP26: Africa scores US promises on funding, energy, agriculture and more

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Wednesday, 17 November 2021 18:11

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John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate gestures during a press conference at the end of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Home to 15% of the world population but just 4 % of global carbon emissions, Africa is bearing an uneven burden in the fight against global climate change. Redressing that unfair situation was a key theme of the US intervention at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Building on President Joe Biden’s commitment at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September – to quadruple US climate aid to poor countries to $11bn a year – American officials pledged billions of dollars in funding, a slew of new programmes as well as help for African nations to reduce their emissions and cope with climate change.

“We have an obligation to support partner countries across Africa as you strive to develop and deepen and implement your [climate-action plans and pledges],” USAID Administrator Samantha Power told the conference. “This is something you’ve long asked for. We were absent for the last four years … and we are owning up to our obligation here today.”