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Sub-Saharan Africa is the region most vulnerable to climate change impacts under all climate scenarios above 1.5 degrees Celsius, despite having contributed the least to global warming historically. Africa faces exponential climate change risks, which threaten to undo developmental progress to date.
The devastating cyclones of 2018, affected millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. GDP exposure in African nations vulnerable to extreme climate patterns is projected to grow from $895 billion in 2018 to about $1.4 trillion in 2023 (nearly half of the continent’s GDP).
The combination of Africa’s vulnerability to interacting poly crises, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and increasing pollution levels, with a lack of resources to deal with these crises, means that every dollar spent in Africa has to be spent wisely.
With so many competing priorities and with win-win scenarios in short supply, trade-offs result. With every decision, someone stands to win, and someone stands to lose. Sub-saharan African city decision-makers are thus making difficult decisions every day.
This session will be held as part of ICLEI Africa and UCLG Africa's Urban Africa in Action sessions at COP27. It will unpack the trade-offs that leading African city decision-makers face every day and provide evidence of how these trade-offs can be navigated in ways that empower those most vulnerable to climate change.
CoM SSA Regional Mayors Forum members and other signatories will be speaking at various events at COP27 see the programme here and join us!