Leaders from 54 African countries are meeting in Nairobi this week for the first Africa Climate Summit, and they're calling on the international community to up its game when it comes to funding climate change initiatives on the continent, the Telegraph reports.
"It is always puzzling, Africa has all the resources," Kenya's William Ruto said in his opening address at the summit.
"Africa needs external funds....
Yet, Africa is poor to the bone-marrow, complaints of dearth of finance, and despite the abundance of natural resources in the continent."
The continent, he said, has an "unparalleled opportunity" to mitigate climate change, but it needs "massively scaled up to enable commitments to be turned into actions across the continent of Africa."
A report from the UN's Economic Commission for Africa predicts that the continent will need $30 billion a year by 2030 to meet its climate-change needs.
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