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African cities commit to climate action treaty

African cities commit to climate action treaty

The viability of climate action plans from various African cities came under the spotlight at the recently held biennial Climate Action Plan (CAP) Africa Regional Academy training workshop.​ Hosted over three days from 30 July to 1 August 2019 in Rosebank, the workshop debated climate-related issues to ensure that cities are not only compliant with the Paris climate treaty but are healthier, cleaner and prosperous. About 10 African cities took part in the workshop, discussing and consolidating approaches to climate change. Participants included Cape Town, eThekwini, Tshwane, Addis Ababa, Lagos, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Abidjan, Accra and Dakar. Through the CAP, C40 Cities are responding to the 2015 Paris Agreement, which has called for the world to limit global temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement aims to improve the global response to the threat of climate change and strengthen the ability of countries to deal with its impact. CAP is pioneered by C40, where the mayors of 94 global cities including Johannesburg are taking bold climate action, to ensure a healthier, carbon-free and more sustainable future. MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Cllr Nico de Jager told delegates the City of Johannesburg was committed to a net-zero carbon and inclusive future characterised by prosperity for all. C40 cities have promised to contribute their fair share towards the fight against climate change. “Johannesburg is particularly fortunate because three other South African metros, including eThekwini, Tshwane and Cape Town are also part of this CAP programme with eThekwini as a pilot city,” said MMC De Jager. The CAP Africa Regional Academy training workshop was designed to demonstrate how an ambitious climate action programme is achievable and realistic for the African continent.

African cities commit to climate action treaty

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