WorldCOP26: Nigerien President calls for the creation of a "special fund" for...

COP26: Nigerien President calls for the creation of a “special fund” for Sahel countries

AA / Niamey / Kane Illa
Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum called on Monday for the creation of a “special fund” to support Sahelian countries facing climate change and terrorism. He made this appeal during his address at the podium of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) which opened Monday in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

“The phenomenon of terrorism currently at work in the Sahel, far from arising from an accidental spontaneous generation, is largely linked to climate change, which, by depleting biodiversity, has called into question the pastoral way of life”, Mohamed Bazoum explained.

“Also, I would like to launch a solemn appeal for the international community to mobilize, through a special fund, alongside the Sahelian countries threatened by the sand as it mobilizes alongside the small island countries invaded by the waters of the oceans” , he pleaded.

“Such a fund should help the reforestation of areas invaded by the desert,” added the Nigerien President, deploring that “poor countries like ours, which have no responsibility for climate change, are indeed those who today “They are paying the heaviest price for consumerism promoted by a development model which has paid very little regard to the peoples of weak countries as well as to future generations.”

More than 190 member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are meeting from Monday in Glasgow, UK to discuss global climate change and agree on new measures to combat against climate change, in particular the reduction of greenhouse gases. In addition to heads of state and government, the COPla meeting brings together scientists, representatives of the private sector and civil society organizations.

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