COP27: Priority to Africa and the fight against hunger – World


Our expectations for the 27th UN Climate Change (COP27)

Bonn/Berlin, 06 November 2022. The upcoming climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh will face difficult geopolitical circumstances that could even jeopardize recent progress in climate protection. After armed conflicts, the climate crisis is the main cause of hunger in the world. The number of hungry people has risen to 828 million and millions of families could lose their livelihoods due to the climate crisis.

The extreme weather events of recent months, from heat waves and droughts in Africa, Asia and Europe to catastrophic floods in Pakistan and West Africa, remind us how urgent it is already to find a solution to the climate crisis.

Attention should be shifted to African countries as the climate crisis is hitting them the hardest while Africa is only responsible for 3.3% of global CO2 emissions. In the Horn of Africa, more than 36 million people are currently suffering from the region’s worst drought in 40 years.

“Africans pay a high price”

“Climate protection cannot come at the expense of food security. The impact of human-induced climate change on the nutrition of the poorest people, especially women and girls, is devastating. climate change is a matter of global justice because the people who suffer the most are those who have contributed the least to the problem. Africans are paying the highest price, with more than 100 million people expected to experience droughts, floods and extreme heat waves by the end of this decade as a result of climate change.”

“Climate conferences must give greater priority to food security, and industrialized countries must meet the financial commitments they made at previous conferences. We need more international cooperation and more progress in protection, adaptation and finance, as well as loss and damage. . There must also be more support for African countries that are starting the transition to climate-friendly energy”, insists Michael Kühn, expert in climate for Welthungerhilfe.

Michael Kühn will be at the climate conference in Sharm El Sheikh from November 13-20, 2022 and is available for an interview.

To find out more about the issues Welthungerhilfe wants the German government to support at COP27, please see our latest policy brief.

Welthungerhilfe turns 60 this year. It is one of the largest private aid organizations in Germany and has no political or religious affiliations. With courage and determination, Welthungerhilfe has been working for a world without hunger since its creation on December 14, 1962, during which time it financed 4.46 billion euros for more than 10,895 projects abroad in around 70 countries. Welthungerhilfe operates on the basic principle of self-help aid, which it implements with measures ranging from rapid disaster relief and rehabilitation to long-term development cooperation projects. with national and international partner organizations.

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