Activities of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly entered the second day at the UN headquarters in New York this Tuesday afternoon with leaders attending several high level meetings on various issues affecting world development.
Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, was among the leaders who attended the meeting on desertification, land degradation, sustainable development and poverty eradication.In his address, Cde Mugabe said drought and land degradation compromise the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development.
He said it is therefore important that developing countries proclaim zero tolerance to land degradation and adopt effective land reclamation programmes and green their land for food production and adaptation to climate change.
Cde Mugabe explained to other world leaders what the Zimbabwe government is doing to fight land degradation and desertification in programmes that include campfire, which has now spread throughout the SADC region, the African Union environmental monitoring systems, the regional wildlife and natural resources conservation programmes such as the million trees campaign and others.
The President expressed happiness that government has managed to fully implement one of the prioritised areas of poverty eradication through the historic land reform programme which has decongested the rural areas which were characterised by excessive land use pressures that caused land degradation and desertification.
He said a total of 213 656 households were resettled under the programme on 14, 9 million hectares of land.
The President said although Zimbabwe attaches great importance to the issue of land conservation and poverty alleviation, government has not been able to fund and invest in programmes that mitigate the adverse effects of desertification and droughts in recent years due to the economic hardships.
Other leaders from different parts of the world also took to the floor on the issue.
Other high level meetings include that of non-communicable diseases, food and nutrition and other issues.