Africa’s leaders are facing an uncertain future with climate change and the rising costs of fossil fuels.
Here are five things to know about Africa’s ambitious goal to zero carbon development.
1/15 Kenya: “The challenge we face is we have the opportunity to create a new and better Africa.”
Kenyatta, Kenya, 27 October, 2020 Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatt, flanked by Vice President Peter Mutharika and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, addresses the media after attending a ceremony to celebrate Kenya’s 2020 Presidential election.
Kenya’s economy is booming, the country has more than 6 million jobs and more than 2 million new homes have been built since the end of last year.
2/15 Uganda: “We are ready to confront this challenge head-on, but we cannot take the fight to ourselves.”
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni attends the opening of the World Cup Africa 2022 World Cup in Kampala, Uganda, 26 September, 2022.
Uganda has emerged as the world’s most populous country with a population of more than 10 million people, making it the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa.
3/15 Ethiopia: “I will not let fear stop us.
This is the time for courage, determination and determination.”
Ethiopia President Gurbu Adegbam announces a new plan to fight the spread of the coronavirus (CoV-19) at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 19 September, 2020.
Ethiopia has pledged to raise the country’s COVID-19 death toll by 50% by 2020, but the country remains one of the worst-hit regions.
4/15 Somalia: “If we do not act now, the disease will spread like wildfire, killing thousands and millions of people in our region.”
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed says he is determined to fight Ebola in Mogadishu, Somalia, 26 August, 2020, as the country battles a deadly outbreak.
Somalia is the world ‘s worst-affected region, with more than 11 million people still at risk of contracting the virus.
5/15 Mali: “You cannot put your faith in a man who has no power.”
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has ruled the country since 1979, is seen on a screen in Bamako, Mali, 17 August, 2019, as he addresses the country and other West African nations gathered to mark International Women’s Day.
Malian President Ibrahim Bouba Keita has been fighting Ebola in the capital Bamako since late August, and says the disease has become a threat to international peace and stability.
6/15 Niger: “There is no greater blessing than to be in the midst of an outbreak, to know the progress that is being made, to see the true magnitude of this crisis, and then to be able to do something about it.”
Nigeria’s President Mahamadou Issoufou speaks during a news conference in Lagos, Nigeria, 20 August, 2018.
Niger has been hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, which has claimed the lives of more.
The country has the third-largest population in West Africa, with a projected population of 2.5 million.
7/15 Democratic Republic of the Congo: “People are not only living a nightmare, but they are also suffering.”
The President of the Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Joseph Kabila, speaks during his visit to the White House, 24 June, 2018, in Washington, DC.
Kabila has been accused of using a controversial cattle-farming program to boost the countrys economy, with the US government accusing Kabila of illegally paying his officials for access to lucrative land.
8/15 Guinea: “It is the people who have to protect us, not the money.”
President Charles Michel greets members of the media outside his office in the Presidential Villa in Port-au-Prince, on 26 May, 2018 (AFP Photo) Guinea’s President Charles Mokambo visits a hospital after visiting it during the Ebola crisis in Port Au Prince, Haiti, 29 April, 2018 AFP/Getty Images 9/15 Senegal: “All we ask is for them to stop killing our people.”
Senegal President Macky Sall, who is facing accusations of trying to cover up a botched police operation to contain the Ebola virus outbreak, speaks to reporters in Dakar, Senegal, 28 March, 2018 REUTERS/Yves Herman 10/15 Zambia: “No-one is invincible.
If you have to use chemical weapons, it’s a crime.”
Zambia’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, accompanied by Prime Minister John Magufuli, speaks after signing a proclamation on health security in Zanzibar, Zambia, 27 February, 2018 Reuters/John Thys 11/15 Zimbabwe: “Forget what you see on TV and see what you do.”
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, centre, listens to the opening speeches of the Zimbabwe National Economic Development Authority (N