Elite summits amplify Africa’s climate catastrophes

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Prior to the 2023 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference (hosted in Dubai) there were summits of global, so-called ‘multipolar’ and continental-African elites. An assessment offers the basis for pessimism about low-income African communities’ ability to withstand further extreme weather events. In the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa bloc, as well as in African Union, G20 and United Nations summiting in recent months, self-interest and internecine competition prevailed. A reassertion of climate justice and an expansion of African activism are in order, with some oppositional seeds beginning to bear fruit in even the most brazen sub-imperial climate power, South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-756
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Africa
  • G20
  • climate policy
  • multilateralism
  • resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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