Africa is in the best position to start implementing new low-carbon technologies to generate cleaner power helping to boost African economics and increase the job market. This was the main message of Kofi Annan’s forward to the produced by the Africa Progress Panel. Annan stated that “no region has done less to contribute to the climate crisis, but no region will pay a higher price for failure to tackle it”. He argues along with evidence provided in the report that African leaders are well placed to get a head start on producing cleaner energy which in-turn will aid in further development in the region.
The report was introduced on June 5 at the World Economic Forum for Africa by Garça Machel, a Mozambican politician and activist, Linah Kelebogile Mohohlo, the Governor of the Bank of Botswana and Michel Camdessus, the former managing directors of the International Monetary Fund.
The report demonstrates the link between the global poverty agenda and climate change arguing that “energy deficits act as a brake on economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction, and they reinforce inequalities linked to wealth, gender and the rural-urban divide”. The report also provides recommendations and opportunities for African and world leaders alike on how to take action on climate change and reduce poverty in the region.