Africa has "enormous stake" in climate change agreement

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Climate change is a growing cause of displacement in Africa, where some areas have been devastated by drought. Photo: UNHCR/B. Bannon

Africa has an "enormous stake" in efforts to reach a new climate change agreement.

That was the message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who addressed African leaders at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris Tuesday.

Governments from around the world are meeting in the French capital in hopes of securing a universal agreement which will reverse climatic changes.

Daniel Dickinson has the story.

Stressing that Africa is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, Mr Ban told the continent's leaders that their personal engagement in the climate negotiations was of critical importance.

Disruptions in food or water supplies not only posed serious risks for African economies, Mr Ban warned, but also threatened political stability, especially in fragile states.

"It is absolutely necessary that we leave Paris with this very ambitious, robust universal climate change agreement."

Despite "strong momentum" towards a meaningful agreement, Mr Ban said key political issues remain unresolved.

He said a great deal of work remained to be done in Paris, but with such high stakes at play, particularly for the world's most vulnerable countries, it was essential that an agreement was reached.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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