The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-27 ) to the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (UNFCCC) is underway and expected to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt, this year.
Communications Associate at UNDP Botswana, Tlhaloso says the event comes at an opportune time when African countries are experiencing devastating effects of climate change. He shares that, Botswana through the ministry of Environment Natural Resources Conversation and Tourism, is expected to attend the event in Egypt. He is glad that their initiative of mitigating against future damage speaks to the mission of COP-27.
The conference would gather governments from across tree world and reflect on the previous editions of the Conference of Parties of UNFCCC. Tlhaloso says confront climate crisis at a global stage is what is totally needed, to encourage especially the African continent to also do something about climate change issues.
He is of the view that, this is the right platform to discuss innovative solutions that will help close gaps within the continent.
Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA) Kenya has also come on board to sponsor some African journalists to this event. CEO of MESHA, Aghan Daniel also said at a virtual press conference that, Climate change issues are hardly reported in Africa, and therefore, as a Science cafe, they have taken a responsibility to change this narrative by giving African journalists a chance to cover the event.
They have sponsored about 45 journalists to cover both physically and virtually for those who won't be travelling. Grantees look forward to attending this event and believe that trans-boarder reporting is essential for this conference to allow the governments to notice similar challenges that they face.