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05 November 2011

Zuma: Africa hardest hit by climate change

Africa and other underdeveloped countries are the hardest hit by global climate change, President Jacob Zuma said while speaking at the G20 Summit in Cannes, France on Friday.

He urged developed nations to finance the Green Climate Fund, which would fund green projects in developing nations.

“Africa is the hardest-hit by climate change. Its vulnerability stems not only from climate change impacts such as the rise in the sea level, severe droughts and floods, but also from the current levels of poverty, which limit their [sic] ability to cope with these impacts,” he said. “There is no doubt that a global response is the only effective and sustainable answer to this global challenge.”

Member nations provisionally agreed to the fund, with a target goal of US$100 billion a year, at the climate-change summit in Cancun last year. Final details must be finalised at the talks in Durban next month, he said.

“The approach to reach a balanced, fair and credible outcome in Durban must be informed by the basic principles that underpin the basis of UNFCCC climate change negotiations,” he said.

- I-Net Bridge