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Ramaphosa tackles climate change, Africa’s energy and food security at AU Summit

President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Ethiopia for the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit where he has officially taken over as chair of the (AU) climate change committee.

FILE: President Ramaphosa says many African countries already spend at least 2% of their GDPs on climate change adaptation and any more pressure will force them into debt traps. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

ADDIS ABABA – President Cyril Ramaphosa says while disinvestment from fossil fuels is required to mitigate climate change, it must be done gradually to avoid further loss of jobs in Africa.

Ramaphosa has officially taken over as chair of the African Union (AU) climate change committee.

He says many African countries already spend at least 2% of their GDPs on climate change adaptation and any more pressure will force them into debt traps.

“The trend of international financiers to abruptly disinvest in fossil fuels poses a particular threat to Africa because of the unintended impact on jobs, our economies and energy, and food security.”

President Ramaphosa also said, “If it is to be just and sustainable, the transition needs to be carried out in a phased and planned manner.”

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