Zimbabwe is set to negotiate and seek further clarification on a range of issues on climate change adaptations at the 25th Conference of Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Director, Climate Change Management in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Washington Zhakata, who is the head of the Zimbabwean delegation to the conference which has officially started in Madrid, Spain, said they were contesting the disbursement of the green climate fund.
“Some of the issues which are being discussed and perhaps need further clarification and negotiations on are the issues to do with loss and damage due to the impact of climate change which we are experiencing now in Africa, Zimbabwe included,” Zhakata said.
“On a very serious note, we also want to ensure that we have more clarity on funding and replenishment of the green climate fund which is a fund that is accessible to developing countries for climate change adaptation.
“Developed countries want the green climate fund to be more of a fund to provide loans but we are also contesting because we would want these funds to be grants which will assist as long the lines of the climate change convention are clearly stated that developed countries should finance adaptation of the developing countries because they accepted historical responsibility of having caused the current change to climate change.”
The Director, Zhakata, also said, they would be bringing up conversations on how the African continent is being plunged of its resources at cheap prices.
“We are also presenting out a case in terms of our special circumstances that as a continent that is being plunged of its resources also at very cheap prices by the developed countries who are not reinvesting into Africa for climate change impacts and would want to push for the issues of Africa especially on special circumstances to be taken on board.”
Meanwhile The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Nqobizitha Ndlovu has arrived in Madrid and is set to participate in the high level discussion for Heads of State and Government, Ministers, heads of delegation and other dignitaries set for the 10th and the 11th of this month.