A record number of countries to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on its opening day.
This amazing continent is home to significant amounts of the world's freshwater, oil and forest reserves, not to mention almost a quarter of its plant and mammal species.
This article by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres was first published by Project Syndicate
We all know that Africa has the best "yard" on the planet, with 10 per cent of the world's freshwater reserves, 17 per cent of its forests, almost a quarter of its plant and mammal species, 10 per cent of known global oil reserves and grossly under-explored minerals.
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Delivered at "Sepsis. The Challenges of science, politics and society" - a joint symposium by the Jena University Hospital and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Achim Steiner is an Honorary Professor of Tongji University