On Wednesday 27 October 2021, GGA convened a live webinar, hosted by the Mail & Guardian, bringing together a range of climate change experts. The objective of the discussion was to identify what should be at the top of Africa’s agenda as the African Group of Negotiators head to Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th annual United Nations global climate summit (COP26). Some of the issues covered included: why is COP26 important? What are some of the challenges the African Group of Negotiators are likely to encounter? What would a successful outcome look like for African states? And what are some of the major challenges in terms of climate negotiations and igniting green industrialisation in Africa?
Dr Ross Harvey is a natural resource economist and policy analyst, and he has been dealing with governance issues in various forms across this sector since 2007. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Cape Town, and his thesis research focused on the political economy of oil and institutional development in Angola and Nigeria. While completing his PhD, Ross worked as a senior researcher on extractive industries and wildlife governance at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and in May 2019 became an independent conservation consultant. Ross’s task at GGA is to establish a non-renewable natural resources project (extractive industries) to ensure that the industry becomes genuinely sustainable and contributes to Africa achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ross was appointed Director of Research and Programmes at GGA in May 2020.