PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, has spoken at the climate change summit COP26 being held in Glasgow.
His arrival marks the first visit of Zimbabwe’s head of state since 1994.
It is seen in Zimbabwe as an important step towards combatting the climate emergency and on the country’s road to international re-engagement in the post Mugabe-era.
Zimbabwe’s contribution to global emissions is minimal.
While the world was increasing its emissions in the 90s and 00s, Zimbabwe’s emissions decreased by 10 percent from 1990-2011.
Despite Zimbabwe’s efforts to reduce their impact on the climate, Zimbabwean people are disproportionately affected by climate change.
President Mnangagwa said: “The discussions at COP26 are going to be an important step in agreeing a collective way forward.
“For Zimbabwe we feel the impact of climate change more than others. Our temperatures have risen by approximately 2°C over the past century.
“Which has seen a significant increase in extreme weather. In the past two decades alone, we have had to deal with 10 droughts.
“If the world doesn’t step up, we will see jobs lost, livelihoods destroyed, and people will lose their lives. That is something we must avoid and why Zimbabwe is coming to the table with ambitious plans to tackle climate change.
“Zimbabwe has now committed to reducing emissions by 40% before 2030. The time for words is over – we must act now.”