In sub-Saharan Africa, including my home country of Gabon, the specific social and political effects of inaction would be seen within decades, not generations. Our security as a region depends on nations adhering to the Paris Agreement.
Ever since I was defense minister, I have participated in global meetings on the issue of climate and security. Although we live in a safe and stable country, Central Africa as a region has been held back by seemingly perpetual conflict — over power, resources and who controls them.
Just to the north of Gabon lies the Sahel region, where temperatures have risen by nearly 1°C since 1970 — nearly twice the global average. People are already fleeing and further changes would exacerbate this, sending countless people south and away from the Sahara and Sahel.