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Published September 29, 2022 / Environment

Plea for Congo Basin preservation at the 77th UN General Assembly


At the 77th UN General Assembly, the Republic of Congo's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Claude Gakosso, recalled the global priorities in the fight against climate change, including the importance of preserving the Congo Basin.

Caption: Mr. Jean-Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo, at the 77th UN General Assembly © United Nations.

Home to an exceptional natural heritage where mankind and a rich biodiversity cohabit, the immense tropical sub-region of the African continent acts as a regulator of the global climate. The basin's forests sequester around 49.36 billion tonnes of carbon.

"As we prepare for COP27, which Africa will host next November, we are hopeful that, at least this time, far from the commiserating speeches, the agreed formulas and the façade commitments, significant resources will finally be mobilised in favor of the poor countries that climate change has made even more vulnerable." Jean-Claude Gakosso Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo.


As a reminder, the financing of 100 billion USD per year to help developing countries for the climate transition, initially planned from 2020, has been postponed to 2023 during discussions at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.


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