African leaders should unite to deal with climate
30 November 2011, 08:50
Durban - In an interview with IPS Africa News, at the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17), Tomaz Salomao, the executive secretary for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said that the continent, and in particular the Southern African region, is threatened with the effects of the changing climatic conditions.
Salomao noted that the continent was experiencing an increase in extreme weather conditions, and droughts which have evidently become more frequent than what was experienced in the recent past, which have (had a) devastating effect on millions of people who depend on rain-fed agriculture, especially in Africa.
It is therefore a commendable achievement for Africa, for the SADC region, and a clear indication that we Africans know where we stand, what challenges we are facing, and how to go about them. What is required is to build our capacity so that we are in a better position to face the challenges on our own.
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