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African Perspectives on Climate and Climate Politics

September 14, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

African Perspectives on Climate and Climate Politics — Africa and Global Climate Diplomacy: Priorities, Lessons Learned, Pathways Forward

Africa is the continent that historically and contemporarily has contributed least to human-induced climatic changes yet it is in many ways already suffering some of global warming’s most devastating consequences. Despite this stark reality, African ideas about climate and perspectives on the political economy of mitigation and adaptation are rarely highlighted in global forums.

Through a new webinar series, the Center on Global Energy Policy seeks to foreground the heterogeneity of perspectives found around the continent on what climate means in different African contexts and how more than one billion Africans are already living with extraordinary climatological variability and constraints on the use of natural resources.

The first session of the series will bring together prominent voices from different parts of the continent to explore African priorities in global and regional climate diplomacy; to analyze the historical role played by African states in global discussions, from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement; and to identify ways in which African bureaucratic, economic and political realities will intersect with international negotiations in the future.

This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend.

For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Kyu Lee (kyu3lee@columbia.edu) or Genna Morton (gam2164@columbia.edu).

For more information about the event, please contact energypolicyevents@columbia.edu.


Event Contact Information:
Genna Morton


New York, NY Online United States
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Columbia University
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