US vows to avert ‘climate hell’ with COP27 commitments for Africa

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Sunday, 13 November 2022 16:12

US President Joe Biden delivers a speech at COP27 climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. REUTERS

The US government has promised hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new assistance for Africa at the COP27 UN climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, as western powers come under pressure to push the envelope while helping the hardest-hit victims of a warming planet.

In his first trip to the African continent since taking office almost two years ago, President Joe Biden on 11 November announced doubling the annual US pledge to the international Adaptation Fund, $150m to help Africa adapt to and manage the impacts of climate change, and a funding package to boost Egypt’s transition to clean energy.