The historic Paris Agreement, reached at COP21 in December 2015 calls on signatories to reduce the effects of global warming.

In this vein, Zimbabwe has set a target of emission reductions at 33 percent per capita of energy with a communication strategy and a statutory instrument in the works to achieve the goal.

The progress towards the ambitious goal of climate change depends on the successful implementation of the national climate pledges submitted by 189 countries which are termed as nationally determined contributions.

Acting Director in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mrs Veronica Jakaraza said there is need to ensure that energy efficiency, adopting renewable forms of power as well as climate smart agriculture take centre stage if the country is to meet its targets.

Konrad Adeneur Stiftung Project Coordinator -Climate Change, Mr Tawanda Nyabeze said the outlining of post 2020 climate actions that nations intend to take under the nationally determined contributions also points to the need for impetus in ensuring that climate change is taken as a serious threat.

Despite the West being the biggest contributors to global warming, evidence shows that the change in temperature has affected the health, livelihoods, food productivity, water availability and overall security of African.