nhema francis3.jpgGovernment has raised concern over the developed world’s failure to implement agreements made during international conventions on the environment, a situation which has led to inadequate funding of climate adaptation programmes.

The concern comes on the backdrop of Zimbabwe’s preparations to attend the Rio Plus 20 United Nations conference on sustainable development to be held this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In an interview, Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister, Francis Nhema pointed out the failure by the developed world to honour pledges made at the Copenhagen Summit which has led to climate change adaptation projects failing to receive funding.


“The international community should own up to the Durban agreement,” he said, adding, “the objective of the conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits and address new and emerging challenges.”


Cde Nhema said Zimbabwe will prepare a national position that will be presented at the conference.


The Rio Plus 20 is an environment conference at the highest possible level that will be attended by delegates including heads of state and government and other representatives.

It is expected to come up with a political document focused on such themes as a green economy, poverty alleviation and the institutional framework for sustainable development.