Title of paper

Africa in Global Climate Change Governance: Analyzing its Position and Challenges

Presenter information

Anwar Hassen TsegaFollow

Presenter's country

Ethiopia

Start Date

28-5-2016 2:05 PM

End Date

28-5-2016 3:10 PM

Location

Hall I

Submission type

Presentation

Abstract

Since climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions, global climate governance becomes one of the most salient features of the modern globalized world. Though the African contribution to the increase in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) is very small, climate change is a concern of African countries. Therefore, this paper is aimed to analyze the African position and challenges in the governance of climate change. Nonetheless, there are opportunities created for adaptation and mitigation, the implementation of these measures is constrained by inadequate financial, institutional and human capacities. Accordingly the Africans position in the international system and lack of the capacities required for meaningful engagement leads to have a challenge to participate effectively in global climate change negotiations. Despite numerous internal difficulties facing the African countries in climate governance and negotiations, the paper argues that African countries has shown an improvement in response, willingness to cooperate, and participate compared to the previous time. Especially, in recent years, African states have managed to negotiate more effectively, both individually and as a group.

Keywords

African Group, Negotiations, climate governance, climate change, IPCC

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Africa in Global Climate Change Governance: Analyzing its Position and Challenges

Hall I

Since climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions, global climate governance becomes one of the most salient features of the modern globalized world. Though the African contribution to the increase in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) is very small, climate change is a concern of African countries. Therefore, this paper is aimed to analyze the African position and challenges in the governance of climate change. Nonetheless, there are opportunities created for adaptation and mitigation, the implementation of these measures is constrained by inadequate financial, institutional and human capacities. Accordingly the Africans position in the international system and lack of the capacities required for meaningful engagement leads to have a challenge to participate effectively in global climate change negotiations. Despite numerous internal difficulties facing the African countries in climate governance and negotiations, the paper argues that African countries has shown an improvement in response, willingness to cooperate, and participate compared to the previous time. Especially, in recent years, African states have managed to negotiate more effectively, both individually and as a group.