African nations boycotted the UN climate talks in Barcelona, Spain because they accused the rich nations of having inadequate promises to combat climate change. Although these nations agreed to resume work on the UN climate talks, this has showed that African nations are united and are willing to stand their ground—protecting their citizens, where these nations are most likely to be hit the hardest by climate change with water and food shortages, floods, droughts, and rising sea levels.
Recently, the African Union proclaimed that they would walk out of the negotiations if their minimum requests were not considered by the rich nations. They certainly have chosen a strong political figure to be the head delegate at the Copenhagen negotiations, Ethiopian’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has recently solidified African Union’s position on the “walk-out”. This protest in Spain is a great example that African nations are united and are ready to make a stand against climate change, and to show other countries that they are serious about their position (This is crucial since the African Union consists of 53 members—which is a strong representation of votes for the negotiations.)