Zimbabwe enhances climate change response

by | Oct 28, 2021 | International | 0 comments

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to see to it that Zimbabwe reduces its carbon emissions by 40 percent by the time the country becomes an upper-middle income economy by 2030.

Writing on his Twitter today, President Mnangagwa said his participation at the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is an important platform for him and world leaders to exchange ideas.

The Conference will be held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.

“The discussions @COP26 are going to be an important step in agreeing a collective way forward. For Zimbabwe we feel the impact of climate change more than others. Our temperatures have risen by approximately 2°C over the past century. Which has seen a significant increase in extreme weather.
In the past two decades alone, we have had to deal with 10 droughts. If the world doesn’t step up, we will see jobs lost, livelihoods destroyed, and people will lose their lives. That is something we must avoid and why Zimbabwe is coming to the table with ambitious plans to tackle climate change,” said President Mnangagwa.

He committed to reduce emissions by 40 percent before 2030.

President Mnangagwa said there is need to remain awake to realities of climate change even as the country pursues economic growth.

“Zimbabwe has come a long way over the past three years, I hope our presence at COP26 and our commitment to the global fight against climate change will be recognised as part of our ongoing reengagement campaign,” said President Mnangagwa.President Mnangagwa is optimistic the discussions with other leaders will result in a global commitment to collectively fight climate change.