In a joint statement from the ministerial climate seminar, held on the occasion of the EU-Africa Summit, the Ministers recall that climate change is a decisive global challenge, which, if not urgently addressed, will put at risk not only the environment and the ecosystems on which we all depend but also world economic prosperity, development, food security and, more broadly, stability and security. The Ministers further recognise the urgent need to adapt to the impacts of climate change for the African continent. One example for instance, the Africa Adaptation Gap Report (2013) estimates that Africa will have to face very significant adaptation costs: it cites up to $7-15 billion per year by 2020. The adaptation challenge could be more difficult if the emissions gap is not closed and mitigation beyond 2020 falls short of the objective to limit warming to well below 2°C. Furthermore, the Ministers confirm that action on climate change is a central area of the Africa-EU Partnership.
On the occasion of the EU-Africa Summit, a ministerial climate seminar was hosted by the EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, the President of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) Binilith Mahenge, and the African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Tumusiime.
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