“This can be best achieved with the African Union joining the G-20 as a permanent member,” he told the gathering.
The African Union represents the continent’s 54 countries. The G-20 is composed of the world’s major industrial and emerging economies and represents more than 80% of the world’s gross domestic product.
Ramaphosa expressed concern at the “lack of progress in key issues” at the multilateral negotiations at the climate conference.
“Industrialized countries in the G-20 need to demonstrate more ambitious climate action and must honor their financial commitments to developing economies,” he said.
South Africa is currently the only African member of the G-20.