President Gnassingbé defends Togo’s interests at the COP28 in Dubai

Economic governance
Monday, 04 December 2023 17:35
President Gnassingbé defends Togo’s interests at the COP28 in Dubai

(Togo First) - Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé has been in Dubai since November 29 with many other world leaders for the ongoing COP28 summit. The event started on November 30 and will end on December 12, 2023.

As soon as he arrived, Gnassingbé met his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed El Nayan. They reviewed their countries' bilateral relations and discussed possible cooperation opportunities in strategic sectors.

Read also: Ahead of COP28, Togo unveils its priorities regarding climate change

Togo has its own office and pavilion at the event’s venue. There, the West African delegation seeks new partners and showcases various projects and initiatives in agroecological practices and water management. The delegation also highlights the country's policy of building a climate-resilient, low-carbon economy.

The COP28 offers African nations a chance to defend their interests, regarding climate change and climate justice. This year, these countries call out polluting countries on their 2009 commitment to provide $100 billion a year in climate financing up to 2020. They also demand more support to boost their clean energy output–wind and solar especially– to meet their needs. Almost half of the continent’s population, 600 million people (out of 1.4 billion), does not have electricity.

Other issues Africa brings to the table include introducing a carbon tax and restructuring the international financial system for fairer access to the investments needed for sustainable development. African countries also want to be less dependent on fossil fuels and boost local processing of raw commodities.

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