The African Group of Negotiators went to the United Nation’s climate conference (COP26) in November 2021 wanting a stronger finance architecture and climate rules that would enable them to manage their energy transitions justly and adapt to the “new climate normal” of more natural disasters. The goal of COP26 was to ensure that countries adequately address the climate emergency by keeping alive the Paris Agreement’s temperature target of 1.5°C to avert catastrophic climate change. According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the earth has already warmed by an average of 1.1 °C from pre-industrial levels – making the Paris target not far off.

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Romy Chevallier is a senior researcher in the Governance of Africa’s Resources programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). Romy is also an independent consultant focusing on issues related to climate policy and stakeholder engagement in Africa.