G20 Interfaith Summit Africa Regional Consultation on Environment: Policy Recommendations

United Nations Environment Programme (2021)

Africa is rich in natural resources ranging from arable land, water, oil, natural gas, minerals, forest reserve, wildlife, human and natural resources. The continent holds a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources, both renewables and non-renewables. For example, Africa is home to 30 per cent of the world’s mineral reserves, 40 per cent of the world’s gold and up to 90 per cent of its chromium and platinum. Africa holds 65 per cent of the world’s arable land. Over centuries, the world have benefitted in one way or the other from the natural wealth in Africa. Africa served and is still serving nations of the world. Unfortunately, conflicts, socio-economic inequalities, and most importantly environmental issues such as climate change predicted to impact more on this continent due to its numerous vulnerabilities plaguing the continent. In Africa, religious beliefs are main drivers for cultural values, social inclusion, political engagement, and economic prosperity. And almost all religions agree that the sanctity of nature is an act of divinity and should be treated as such. Therefore, In sub-Saharan Africa, religious communities have increasingly started to raise awareness, mobilize faith inspired action, provide organizational support, and advocate for policies that fulfil and expand government commitments to protect rainforests and the rights of indigenous peoples; which is providing the needed socio-economic and environmental support; however, these activities are often uncoordinated, fragmented and competing. This is the major gap that requires world leader’s attention to ensure sustainable development of the continent.

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