Kofi Annan chairs Africa progress Panel.
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Kofi Annan chairs Africa progress Panel.
Kofi Annan chairs Africa progress Panel.

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Kampala-Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed support for Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental destruction.

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Through the Africa Progress Report 2015, Annan, the chairperson of the ten-man Africa Progress Panel noted that the degradation would lead to social malaises across the globe.

“As Pope Francis reaffirms, climate change is an all-encompassing threat: it is a threat to our security, our health, and our sources of fresh water and food. Such conditions could displace tens of millions of people, dwarfing current migration and fuelling further conflicts. I applaud the Pope for his strong moral and ethical leadership. We need more of such inspired leadership. Will we see it at the climate summit in Paris?” Annan writes in a June 18 statement issued in Geneva, Switzerland.

An annual presentation, this year’s progress report is dubbed: ‘Africa Progress Report, “Power, People, and Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities.’

“…sets out an agenda for the Paris climate summit linking international action to African strategies for climate resilient development,” the report indicates.

Annan is also the brains behind the Kofi Annan Foundation, which ‘seeks to mobilise the political will needed to resolve threats to peace, development and to human rights.’