"African states are likely to be severely affected by climate change and have a major stake in the development of a fair, effective and accountable system of climate governance. Historically, delegations from Africa have faced challenges to participating effectively in global climate change negotiations as a result of their position in the international system and a lack of the capacities required for meaningful engagement. In recent years, African states have nevertheless managed to negotiate more effectively, both individually and as a group. Critical to this has been efforts to gain access to material resources and better information, as well as clearer mandates from African leaders."