Climate change
Climate change

The three-day conference has been convened to enable Africa to prepare for the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) to be held in Paris starting on Nov. 30.

Climate change
Climate change

Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa opened the conference which is being attended by over 400 delegates and called on African countries to unite and come up with a common climate change position.

“COP 21 (Paris conference) represents a unique chance for Africa to assert itself in global climate governance and influence the outcomes of Paris towards aligning with the continent’s long term sustainable development agenda,” the vice president said.

The Paris conference is expected to come up with a new climate accord which will define global climate governance in the post Kyoto period.

It will be held at a time when Africa and other developing countries have increasingly become vulnerable to climate change and are the worst affected due to limited adaptation and mitigation capacity.

This is despite the fact that Africa contributes the least green house gas emissions.

Climate change had posed serious threats to Africa’s food and energy security as well as to its eco-system security, speakers at the conference noted.

The African continent was expecting financing for climate change to be balanced between adaptation and mitigation strategies to enable the continent to cope with climate change and achieve sustainable development, said Fatima Denton, the director of special initiatives division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Zimbabwean Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Oppah Muchinguri said Africa will need to push for a new climate change agreement in Paris that will clearly state a measurable and verifiable framework for implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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