GCF: Climate change hurting the poor, Mali President says in call for action

 

 

 

Bamako, 06 Apr 2018 Republic of Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta called for a united approach to tackle the inequalities of climate change at GCF's Structured Dialogue with Africa, which concludes today.

 

 

"We are all determined together to overcome climate change, which is not only increasing global inequalities, but is also increasing the precarity of the poorest populations in the world," he said.

 

 

President Keïta also emphasised the importance of African countries addressing this problem holistically, while warning the "African continent is extremely vulnerable to the harmful impacts of climate change."

 

 

"That is why the integration of climate within development planning is a national imperative for the survival of our ecosystems and population," he said.

 

 

President Keita made the comments during the second Structured Dialogue with Africa held in Bamako, Mali's capital, following the inaugural event in South Africa in October 2016.

 

 

GCF Executive Director Howard Bamsey emphasised the key role of Structured Dialogues, which the Fund holds regularly in different regions, in strengthening GCF's country-driven approach to climate finance.

 

 

"Although all countries are different, we find that regional gatherings like this can deliver benefits from the many common concerns and aspirations," he said.

 

 

While stating GCF funding commitments to Africa have tripled since the first Africa Dialogue, Mr Bamsey emphasised the need for an uptake of private sector investment to drive regional transformative action in mitigation and adaptation.

 

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