2020: Les Panafricaines to discuss climate change.

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By Wezi Nyirongo- Les Panafricaines member-Malawi

 

More than 300 Pan African Media Women are expected to discuss issues of climate change in Casablanca, Morocco next month.

 This will be the third edition of the Les Panafricaines forum comprising female journalists from 54 countries organised by the 2M Group.

 In the second edition held in October 2018, the forum discussed issues of migration and how it impacts women, children and other vulnerable groups in Africa.

 The third edition set for 6 and 7 March, 2020 will be held under the theme “Climate Change and its Impact on the African Continent”.

 “The network decided to put within its 2020 action plan, strong emphasis on climate change and its heavy consequences on continent that produces only 4 percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases” reads a statement from the organisers.

 It adds “Deforestation, desertification, preservation of water resources, alternative agriculture, climate migration, food security, or political unrest are issues related to climate change”.

 Les Panafricaines network therefore puts these issues among priority of their media and at the heart of awareness raising activities with decision makers and public opinion in Africa. 

 The network will have six workshops during its forum to collaborate the African Union calls for mobilizing a united African force to face the harmful effects of climate change through the adaptation and resilience strategies.

 The United Nations-UN also stresses that 2020 will be a turning point for the World Climate Action.

 Les Panafricaines aims to contribute to greater responsibility of the African media in dealing with central issues that interest the public opinion on the continent.

Malawi is among countries hugely affected by issues of climate change such as devastating floods which killed scores of people and displaced hundreds of thousands last year following the occurrence of Cyclone Idai.

On the onset of the rainy season this year, many lives have already been lost with almost one million households rendered homeless.

 

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