Zambia seeks global collaborations, investments in scientific research to address climate change


Zambia has called for more investment in scientific and technology research that would enhance collaborations.

Green Economy and Environment Minister, Collins Nzovu, said this would deliver inclusive and sustainable multilateral actions aimed at addressing triple planetary crises.

Nzovu said this when he addressed the Sixth United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA6) held under the theme “Effective, Inclusive and Sustainable Multilateral actions to tackle Climate Change, Biodiversity loss and Pollution” in Kenya.

He noted the need for all parties to unite to deliver on all commitments made to protect planet earth by investing in nature and limiting the dangerous impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on livelihoods, people and our planet.

“The latest special report prepared by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reveals that tackling the triple planetary crisis is increasingly becoming inconsequential to mankind,” the Minister stated.

He noted that this was as a result of geo-political conflicts, as well as hunger and disease burdens.

Nzovu added that, the relationship between humanity and nature had broken down with human activities altering 75 percent of the land surface, 85 percent of wetlands and 66 percent of oceans.

“This is paradoxical because humanity is undermining the very foundation of its survival. To change the alarming findings of the UNEP report, concerted efforts, leadership and creativity are needed in the way we manage nature,” he said.

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Nzovu emphasized the need to address the triple planetary crisis and deliver transformative solutions in an effective, inclusive and sustainable manner.

He called on UNEA to continue to be the beacon of hope, the global forum, that would enable mankind deal with the most pressing and emerging global environmental issues urgently.

“At national level, Zambia has domesticated the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and is implementing actions that contribute to addressing the global environmental challenges,” Nzovu said.

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