$100bn promised Africa to mitigate climate change may not be realised – Finance Ministry

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It is emerging that the $100 billion promised African countries annually by the developed nations to mitigate the negative impact of climate change may not be honoured.

Though African countries are contributing less than 3 percent of the world’s emissions, the continent is rather bearing the brunt.

The G-20 accounts for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions but poorer countries, especially in Africa, bear the brunt of climate change.

Rich nations pledged in 2009 to give developing countries $100 billion a year to help them deal with climate change, but the target date was pushed back to 2023 at the beginning of the COP26 summit.data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==JoyNews/AdomNews · Africa may not receive $100bn promised to fight climate change – Finance Ministry

But at Ghana’s official side event in the ongoing climate change conference in Glasgow, one of Ghana’s negotiators from the Ministry of Finance, Foster Aboagye-Gyamfi revealed how the G20 countries are a making U-Turn on their pledge.https://9a598ffca6629676e9b599e05e1c7244.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

According to Mr Aboagye-Gyamfi, many of the rich countries are reneging on their commitment to providing soft financing and are rather focusing on a push for loans “which I think is not helping very much.”

“Because which means the developing countries would have to be paying for these things in future and I’m sure it will deter the developing countries from achieving much from there,” he said.

Also at this event was the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Henry Kokofu who revealed that Ghana is in need of about $15 billion to help implement its strategies on dealing with climate change challenges.

“Ghana requires between $9.3 billion and $15.5 billion of investment in order to fully realise the implementation of the 47 Nationally Determined contribution measures from 2020 to 2030. Out of that 3.9 billion would be needed to implement the 16 unconditional programmes of action till 2030.https://9a598ffca6629676e9b599e05e1c7244.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

“The remaining 5.4 billion for the title one conditional programmes of vaccine would be mobilised from the public, international and private-sector sources, and carbon markets. And here again, it is important to note that the current capital markets point clearly to the fact that the private sector holds almost two-thirds of the funding sources,” he added.

source : myjoyonline.com

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