Lagos to Mombasa: What Did COP27 Mean for Africa?

December 13, 2022

Right now many West African countries are facing historical flood levels, while East African countries are enduring the worst droughts in nearly 40 years. Such catastrophic weather events are inescapably linked to climate change. 

Are we succeeding globally in curbing carbon emissions? What kinds of climate adaptation technology and financing are African leaders demanding? What can we expect in the global climate conversation going forward? 

In this bonus episode of Lagos to Mombasa, Gyude invites two experts who were on the ground in Sharm El Sheikh for COP27—the UN’s annual conference on climate—to report back with their observations and takeaways: Faten Aggad, Senior Advisor on Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics at the African Climate Foundation, and Ian Mitchell, Co-Director of Development Cooperation in Europe and Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development. 

Together they discuss the trajectory of climate finance across Africa, including loss and damage payments to most-affected countries; the complexities of accounting for emissions and consumption levels; and what the next steps might look like for African policymakers and activists.  

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