The ongoing Africa climate summit in Nairobi is a critical moment of solidarity for Africa to be able to leap into the future with dignity, environmental campaigner Wanjira Mathai has told the BBC.
Ms Mathai, who is the daughter of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prof Wangari Mathai, says Africa is offering leadership based on solutions – with its abundant renewable energy, critical minerals and a young and fastest-growing workforce.
But she told the BBC’s Newsday programme that “we cannot adapt against abject poverty… this has to be about economic growth, development that is low carbon, sustainable and inclusive”.
She said she expects to see a push for a fair and equal access in the global markets for goods produced with green energy on the continent.
In addition, she said African countries have to get “fair and equal access to finance”.
“It’s one of the biggest demands on the table… global financial architecture that is rigged against Africa, paying eight times more for finance than the rest of the world. So finance is critical [as well as] technology and knowledge,” she said.