|President arrives in Brazil|
|Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:00|
Morris Mkwate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Development (Rio+20), which begins tomorrow.
President Mugabe was received at the Galeao International Airport by Zimbabwe’s chief diplomat to Brazil, Ambassador Thomas Bvuma, and top Brazilian government representatives.
Resources Management) and senior Government officials.
It will run under a two-pronged theme: “A Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development (Poverty Eradication) and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development.”
Key discussion areas that include energy, water, food security, jobs, cities, oceans and disasters have already been drawn up.
An action plan as well as employment creation policies will come under the spotlight.
Robust debate is likely to emerge during discussions around the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol — an international agreement with targets for industrialised countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Last year, the African Union approved the Africa Consensus Statement to Rio+20, which pushes for developed countries to commit to a second period under the protocol.
The commitment would run from next year to 2017 in terms of the statement that is expected to guide the African perspective here.
The continent is, in addition, seeking to ensure industrialised countries provide long-term financing, technology and capacity-building support to enable developing nations to effectively address challenges stemming from climate change.
Cde Nhema said in an interview that it was time the world seriously considered the effects of climate change.
“We believe these emissions (mainly from industrialised countries) are continuing unabated.
“Furthermore, we want to remind developed countries to fund developing countries and that technology transfer should be free.