French media are reporting that President Paul Biya will attend COP21, next month’s climate change summit in France.
Biya promised a visiting French minister of his presence in Paris for the annual gathering of world leaders, reported Le Figaro.
The president and Annick Girardin, the French deputy minister for development and the Francophonie, met on Monday.
They also discussed development, terrorism and Cameroon’s refugee crisis during what the Unity Palace called “intense talks”.
Climate change is expected to affect agriculture, water resources and energy production in Cameroon now and in the future.
Every part and sector of the country will experience the impacts of unstable rains, floods, sea-level rise, droughts and desertification.
Densely populated coastal territories and semiarid Sahel regions will be the most affected, according to government projections.
Across the board, development could stall while poverty deepens and disease outbreaks increase and spread.
“Cameroon is at the centre of the fight against poverty and the climatic variability,” Le Figaro quoted Girardin.
“People here are facing warming, even though they have never contributed to it.”
Scientists blame unusual rise in mean global temperature since the industrial revolution for the changes.
Since 1992, world leaders have been meeting annually to figure out how to avoid the worst by keeping the rise bellow two degrees Celsius.
COP21 is expected to produce a new agreement to help reach this target by spelling out conditions for mitigation and adaptive actions.
France says at least 80 world leaders have confirmed that they will attend the summit from 31 November to 11 December.
The Unity Palace is yet to announce Biya’s presence.