Published 17 January 2024
This paper examines the state of African countries’ fulfilment of commitments to the Paris Agreement and the Conference of Parties (COP) desiderata. Considering the increasingly apparent need to address climate change, member countries have executed the Paris Agreement as a framework for collective action. However, implementing these commitments could be quite challenging, particularly for African countries contending with various socio-economic and political complications. Drawing on a comprehensive review of relevant literature, this paper adopts an analytical and critical approach to assessing the compliance efforts of African States in combating climate change issues by looking into the efforts already made by some countries within the African continent. The paper looks into factors that impact compliance while it explores the potential obstacles and limitations confronted by African States. The analysis shows while some African countries have made notable strides in aligning their policies and legal framework with the Paris Agreement and COP desiderata, implementation of their commitments still remains a complex and multifaceted challenge. Factors such as inadequate financial resources, limited technological capabilities, and political instability pose significant obstacles to achieving comprehensive compliance. The paper further examines potential strategies and solutions to enhance the prospect of compliance emphasizing the need for tailored approaches that consider the unique circumstances and priorities of African States.
This paper will be part of the third TDM Special Issue on "International Investment Arbitration - Environmental Protection and Climate Change Issues". More information here www.transnational-dispute-management.com/news.asp?key=1893