African Civil Society Statement to the 36 th African Union Summit

At the invitation of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance1, over 100 actors representing civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs), faith movements, and academia
participated in multistakeholder consultations on the stakes, challenges, and opportunities of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) billed for the end of 2023 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The consultations took place on 15 and 16 February 2023 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the 36th African Union Summit. They aimed to draw lessons from COP27, develop key African positions under the evolving context of global climate dialogues and devise strategies to secure COP 28 outcomes that are ambitious and at par with Africa’s urgent needs and aspirations. The consultations built on earlier reflections and analyses that concluded that COP27 and those before it had failed to inspire the level of action and trust needed to address the deteriorating climate crisis, leaving millions of Africans in unjust yet avoidable suffering. Download Communique

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