Govt urged to be inclusive in climate change fight

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UNITED Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative Mia Seppo

BY LORRAINE MUROMO
UNITED Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative Mia Seppo has called on government to leave no one behind in the fight against climate change.

Her call came amid extensive campaigns to mitigate the effects of climate change, which have been blamed for recurrent droughts, floods, cyclones and mass destruction of aquatic and natural ecosystems across the globe.

Addressing delegates at the launch of the Stockholm consultations in Harare yesterday, Seppo said:  “To reimagine a common, prosperous future on a healthy planet, Stockholm+50 calls for an inclusive approach that reflects the richness and diversity of voices and perspectives of various stakeholder groups.”

“During the consultations we will hear from policymakers, youth, women, persons with disability, the private sector, academia, indigenous people, civil society, the media and the general public in a bid to come up with recommendations that will contribute to the global meeting which will be held in June 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden.”

“There is urgent need to prevent pollution, limit climate change, and restore nature and biodiversity as an opportunity to improve the quality of life for billions of people of Zimbabwe.”

In a speech read on his behalf, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Mangaliso Ndhlovu said the COVID-19 pandemic had shed light on the importance of a healthy environment.

“In order to facilitate a whole of society and whole of government ownership, targeted consultations will be undertaken throughout Zimbabwe through physical and virtual means included, but are not limited to policymakers and youth, women, persons with disability, private sector, academia, civil society and the media, ensuring that no one is left behind,” he said.

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