Climate change has become the focus of discussions leading up to the Japan-initiated Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8), which is scheduled for August 27 - 28, 2022.
The African continent is currently facing several crises including the COVID-19 response, food shortages due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and climate change. Despite emitting only 4% of the world’s greenhouse gases (GHGs), the continent has been disproportionately affected by climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projects that up to 700 million people could be displaced due to high water stress by 2030.
Officials at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recognized concerns related to climate change and hope to promote efforts on environmental issues at the upcoming TICAD8 conference.