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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 3 November 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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This week the Monitor reflects on what Africa would like to get out of COP26. We start with a piece by Saliem Fakir, the Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation. He argues that Africa should move away from a model of engagement on climate issues that has the tone of development assistance dependency. Africa should focus instead on integrating climate issues such as adaptation and mitigation into its economic growth and diversification strategies.

Dr. Rob Davis, a former South African Minister of Trade and Industry, argues that at COP26 Africa should insist on its right to become a producer of green technologies and products and not continue to be relegated to the role of being a mere consumer of goods produced elsewhere.

Dr. Lily Odarno, the Director of the Clean Air Task Force’s (CATF) Energy and Climate Innovation Program in Africa, argues that for Africa, COP26 cannot just be about the net-zero agenda. African countries are equally concerned about adaptation, climate finance and loss and damage.

We end with Dr. Nicholas Westcott, who is with the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He shares five key messages for African governments to consider at COP26, or to act on at home.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
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Cross-border / Inter-State tensions

Great Expectations – will COP 26 deliver for Africa?

  • Saliem Fakir

Ripping the title from Charles Dickens book, Great Expectations, is a way to capture the anxious mood infusing the world as the climate Conference of Parties  meet for the 26th time (COP26) in Glasgow this week. Scenes from one of Dickens greatest novels, may be fiction but the climate crisis is not so fictional for poor countries trying to hold rich countries to their grand bargain: to put the money on the table having sequestrated the global carbon space so selfishly for their own economic growth over the last hundred years.

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The report of Working Group 1 of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in August 2021 underlines the urgent need to expedite the transition to a lower carbon economy if catastrophic levels of global warming are to be avoided within as little as two decades. The same report indicates that, even if the political will to contain global warming to the 1.5°C target is mustered (a big IF), more extreme weather events, caused by the global warming already underway, are inevitable.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Discourse matters; the net-zero agenda and Africa’s priorities

  • Lily Odarno

In a year like no other, the 26th Conference of Parties (COP) is happening in a world battered by a pandemic and extreme weather events from a changing climate. These crises have disproportionately affected certain parts of the world, including the least developed countries in Africa. Across Africa, climate change is threatening economies and livelihoods. For countries in that region, Glasgow cannot afford to be just rhetoric. It must be about action.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Five climate change messages from the African continent

  • Nicholas Westcott

The outcome of the global climate change conference, COP26, and the world’s willingness to take the tough decisions necessary to contain global warming, will have bigger consequences for Africa than for most other continents. It is in Africa that the impact is already most destabilising.

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