climate-change.jpgPreparatory meetings for the United Nations Climate Change Convention to be held in Mexico in December continue to take place.


Developing countries are, however, worried about the failure by developed countries to meet the requirements of the Kyoto protocol which is set to expire next year.

The Kyoto Protocol was adopted on 11 December 1997 in Kyoto Japan.

The developing countries say ever since its  adoption,  industrialised countries who had committed themselves to provide funding for adaptation in developing countries, as well as reduce the emission of greenhouse gases  namely carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and sulphur have not lived to fulfillment of the agreement.

nhema-francis.jpgEnvironment and Natural Resources Management Minister, Cde Francis Nhema, who has attended a number of climate change preparatory meetings, said Zimbabwe and other African countries feel that with the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol next year, all countries should agree on a legally binding agreement which is favorable to the developing countries.


Cde Nhema said developing countries are suffering more from the effects of climate change resulting from the industrialised and developed countries’ emissions.

He said African countries would like to see the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol until its full implementation or the signing of a new agreement in Mexico that addresses outstanding issues raised in the Kyoto Protocol. 

“We believe as developing countries we need to be given more room to air our views in what happens at the international conventions on climate change. We still have problems with failure by developed countries to reduce their industrial emissions,” he said.

Minister Nhema said the long-term financing to help countries cope with climate change  will be a key issue at the Mexico meeting.


He added that the negotiations in Copenhagen were complex and that countries didn’t achieve as much as they had hoped,  although the meeting was significant in that it elevated the discussion of solutions to climate change to the highest level of governments from around the globe. 

“Unless funding is given to the developing countries, we will continue to suffer as one can easily notice winters have changed; earthquakes, flooding and volcanic eruptions are happening everywhere.

“Something needs to be done and it is the industrialised countries which should lead the adaptation measures, as they are responsible for global warming due to their gas emissions,” said Cde Nhema.

Analysts say countries that are signatories to the UN Climate Change Convention will need to think carefully about the lessons from Copenhagen to avoid making the same mistakes in future climate talks.


Others however, are optimistic that with the new United Nations Chief  Executive for Climate Change in office, the sticking issues will be treated differently considering that the world over, countries continue to experience changes in seasons and natural disasters.