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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa)

The Africa Pavilion at COP21 Opened on a High Note

Africa sent an unequivocal message of solidarity and unity of purpose at the official opening of the Africa Pavilion at the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris. Speaking at the high level opening, President Yayi Boni of Benin, was resolute that ... Africa is not at the negotiating table with a begging bowl. He told the audience at the Africa high level event marking the launch of the Africa Pavilion that "Africa did not come here (COP21) to beg for money or assistance but to bring about commitment of all concerned to Africa's adaptation needs."