Elumelu shares highlights of participation at COP28 in Dubai

Tony Elumelu

Chairman of Heirs Holdings Tony Elumelu on Tuesday shared a video on Instagram showing key moments of his participation at COP28 climate summit.

The businessman and philanthropist had several engagements during his time at the summit. He met with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, director general of World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, among others.

At the summit, Elumelu told world leaders that Africa needs to be heard, Africa’s future is the world’s future and that the continent that is most impacted by and the least contributor to climate change needs attention.

He offered the infrastructure and experience of his own foundation’s 10 year $100m entrepreneurship programme to partners, to catalyse a further generation of African entrepreneurs; entrepreneurs who can address climate change and drive the broader wealth creation that Africa requires.

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“Addressing climate change is the paramount challenge of our era. The urgency is unmistakable.” Elumelu said at the summit. “It is critical that Africa, as a continent, and African voices, play a key role in global climate conversations, as meaningful participants, and no longer as bystanders. Africa is least responsible and is disproportionately impacted by climate change. I am investing in a generation of green entrepreneurs, and we are extending the hand of partnership, so that others can benefit and use the infrastructure and platform we have created to reach entrepreneurs across Africa.”

The annual COP UN Climate Change Conferences unites the world to assess progress in combatting climate change.