Despair not: African Group of negotiators strives to calm jittery Africans

Glasgow, November 9: The Chair of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) has urged the citizens of Africa not to despair about the happenings at the 26th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. By all accounts, keen observers have noted that things are not going the African way, raising jitters in some quarters.
Speaking at a meeting with the African CSOs, Mr Tanguy Gahouma from Gabon said from the outset, COP26 was not going to be an easy one, given that it is a COP that is to handle issues that have been pending over the last two years due to the COVID-19 global pandemic whose outbreak last year led to the postponement of the meeting in 2020. “We have spent this first week handling issues that had been pending since last year,” he said
Gahouma noted that the risk of infection with COVID-19 is still real even at this event, disclosing that even a Gabonese delegate got infected leading to the quarantining of the entire team from Gabon. Download PDF

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