A green deal for rich and poor nations

The UN climate change summit must not only seek to protect the planet but fight poverty as well

Published on The Guardian, by Helen Clark, Sept 8, 2009.

A few months ago, Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, stated explicitly that the continent’s future depends on what comes out of the Copenhagen climate change negotiations. He argued that Africa needs a strong climate deal, and quickly, so that global emissions can be brought under control as soon as possible. He also called for strong mechanisms to help the continent move towards a low carbon growth path and to strengthen its resilience to unavoidable impacts …  

… A few months ago, Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, stated explicitly that the continent’s future depends on what comes out of the Copenhagen climate change negotiations. He argued that Africa needs a strong climate deal, and quickly, so that global emissions can be brought under control as soon as possible. He also called for strong mechanisms to help the continent move towards a low carbon growth path and to strengthen its resilience to unavoidable impacts. (full text).

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