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Climate change fight requires global leaders to unite – President Mnangagwa

By ZBC Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the fight against climate change requires the current crop of global leaders to rise up, unite and honour their obligations as agreed to during COP26 held in Glasgow, Scotland, last year.

He was speaking during an African Resilience to Climate Change Discussion Panel on the sidelines of COP27 in Egypt this Monday.

During his tour of Zimbabwe Pavilion at the ongoing summit, the President also expressed government’s commitment to capacitating youths and women in the fight against climate change.

“I find it very pleasing to see youngsters being part of this delegation and speaking on issues that affect them with regards to climate change. I have seen other ministries here, except for the Ministry of Mines, but overally this is good that the youths can comprehend climate change issues,” he said.

The President also spoke on the issue of thermal power energy, saying it is unfair for developed countries to bully those in transition from fossil fuel to green energy.

“It’s funny how these developed countries always want to do things that benefit them over others. Last year in Glasgow, Scotland they made pledges on contributing towards the US$1 billion climate fund for developing countries to be able to transition from fossil fuel energy to green energy and now we’re back again here in Egypt without any funding and this just shows how hypocritical they are,” he added.

President Mnangagwa is expected to deliver his COP27 speech this Tuesday morning and expectations are high that the conference will reach consensus regarding transition from fossil fuel energy to renewable energy.

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