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AU's Sall Goes to G20

FILE: AU chief and President of Senegal Macky Sall addresses the 77th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Sept. 20, 2022.

African Union Chairman and Senegal President Macky Sall plans to attend an upcoming G20 summit in Bali, two government officials said on Friday, as Africa looks to hold wealthier nations to account for their climate pledges.

The summit in Bali takes place on Nov. 15-16, overlapping the second week of the COP27 conference.

Sall would have "two hats" at the meeting, representing both the African Union and Senegal, one of the officials said.

The visit, his first to a G20 summit, will follow his attendance at the COP27 UN climate meeting in Egypt where he was one of the leading advocates for rich countries to contribute more cash to help Africa adapt to climate change.

Senegal is in discussions with G20 members about a deal to support its transition to low carbon energy.

One of the items Sall will want to discuss with G20 members is the Senegal JETP which was being negotiated at COP27, the official said.

The so-called Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETP) were pioneered by South Africa's deal last year with countries including the United States, Britain, Germany and France providing funding to speed up its transition away from coal power.