The African continent is one of the most severely impacted by climate change.
Water scarcity, intensifying extreme weather (floods, droughts, etc), the consequences are numerous and already visible. If it remains “business as usual” Africa will only be able to provide for 13% of its needs in terms of food by 2050. While the continent represents a meager 3 % of greenhouse gas emissions, it only receives up until now 4% of global climate finance.
To better assess the issues linked to the fight against climate change and COP22, scheduled in November 7-18 in Marrakech, 55 African journalists are currently in Morocco.
They represent media (print, television, digital) from 28 countries: Cameroon, Mozambique, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Angola, Cap Verde, Chad, Togo, Egypt, Eritrea Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Central African Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Al Akhbar, Ahram Weekly and Shorouk (Egypt), Ghana Television and TV3 (Ghana), The Standard et Business Daily (Kenya), The Nation (Malawi), Daily News (Zimbabwe), Times of Swaziland and La Semaine africaine (Congo) are mobilized to make Africa’s voice heard in Marrakech.
Organized at the initiative of the COP22 committee, this African press trip in 4 languages (Arabic, French, English, Portuguese) is making stops in Casablanca, Marrakech and Ouarzazate.
The journalists will participate in the COP Academy and will visit the solar plant NOOR in Ouarzazate.
They will also cover the Summit on Defense and Climate Change on September 7th in Skhirat, attend the opening of the informal consultations of negotiators on September 8th & 9th before heading to Marrakech to participate in the event “The Energy Transition, INDCs and the Post-COP21 Agenda”, organized by the COP22 Scientific Committee and OCP Policy Center on September 8th & 9th.