Pres­i­dent urges in­dus­tri­alised coun­tries to seek part­ner­ships with poor na­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cle­tus Mushanawani in MARRAKECH, Morocco

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe has said ten­den­cies to­wards im­po­si­tion and dic­tat­ing to oth­ers by highly in­dus­tralised coun­tries must give way to part­ner­ship and eq­ui­table so­lu­tions.

Speak­ing at the on­go­ing United Na­tions Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence in Marrakech, Morocco last night, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said: “The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the na­tion­ally de­ter­mined con­tri­bu­tions is not an op­por­tu­nity for our de­vel­oped coun­try part­ners to seek to frus­trate our devel­op­ment prospects, through the im­po­si­tion of con­di­tion­al­i­ties or in­tru­sive and puni­tive mech­a­nisms. Nei­ther should it be an op­por­tu­nity to seek to dis­pro­por­tion­ately bur­den the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Let us not squan­der the Paris Agree­ment through old habits.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the Paris Cli­mate Change Agree­ment strongly up­holds the prin­ci­ple of com­mon, but dif­fer­en­ti­ated re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“In elab­o­rat­ing the ground rules for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this Agree­ment, this car­di­nal prin­ci­ple must, in no way, be di­luted or qual­i­fied. It is our ex­pec­ta­tion, there­fore, that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Cli­mate Change Agree­ment will con­trib­ute to the re­al­i­sa­tion of the equally uni­ver­sal agree­ment on the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals,” he said.

He said Zim­babwe had wel­comed the Paris Cli­mate Change Agree­ment as a step­ping stone to­wards tan­gi­ble ac­tion in adapt­ing to and mit­i­gat­ing the cli­mate chal­lenges the world cur­rently faces.

“Zim­babwe, which is in the process of rat­i­fy­ing the Paris Cli­mate Agree­ment, is de­ter­mined to ex­pe­dite the rat­i­fi­ca­tion process and to com­plete it in the short­est time pos­si­ble.

“My coun­try is com­mit­ted to play­ing its part in com­bat­ing cli­mate change im­pacts. We have, through our In­tended Na­tion­ally De­ter­mined Con­tri­bu­tions, com­mit­ted to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions in the coun­try by 33 per­cent by 2030. I have es­tab­lished a mul­ti­stake­holder high level com­mit­tee on cli­mate change whose re­spon­si­bil­ity is to en­sure the co-or­di­nated and ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of our na­tion­ally de­ter­mined con­tri­bu­tions,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe de­scribed cli­mate change as a re­al­ity tak­ing its toll on the liveli­hoods of most peo­ple.

“As we meet to­day, the water sit­u­a­tion in my coun­try is dire. Dam lev­els are pre­car­i­ously low due to the ef­fects of the cur­rent El Nino-in­duced drought. Water ra­tioning has been in­tro­duced for some com­mu­ni­ties, while oth­ers tra­verse pun­ish­ing dis­tances in search of this vi­tally pre­cious liq­uid. The water scarcity has not spared both the do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals and those in the wilder­ness. Food in­se­cu­rity has in­creased due to re­duced agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity as a re­sult of re­cur­rent droughts.”

He added: “When we as de­vel­op­ing coun­tries call for pri­or­ity to be ac­corded to adap­tion, or that there be par­ity in the at­ten­tion given to adap­tion and mit­i­ga­tion, we do so be­cause it is a mat­ter of life and death. A dead per­son can­not mit­i­gate for change.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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