By Charity Chikara
The Ministry of Environment Climate , Tourism and Hospitality Industry conducted a policy brief with the youth in Bulawayo to discuss the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) revision progress with representatives.
The revised NDCs is envisaged to cover Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sectors which include Energy, Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Use (AFOLU), Waste and Industrial Processes and Product Use (IPPU).
Minister of Environment Climate Tourism and Hospitality Industry Hon Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndhlovu submitted the policy brief developed by the youths after consultations from representatives of youth organizations from all the 10 provinces in the country and said the fight against climate change was a fight that needed everyone on board .
” I would like to applaud the youth for trying hard to phase out the victim mentality , when there are only complaints there will be less chances of changing the narrative. I encourage you to breakdown the identified gaps and opportunities and produce them in action points. Government and all its stakeholders are there to provide facilitation therefore everyone should be involved because the climate change fight is bigger than the government ” , said Hon Ndhlovu.
African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) representative Ms Elizabeth Gulugulu said the youth should take the lead in the climate change policy making as these will directly affect them.
” Formulation of this policy needs transparency , accountability and inclusivity on gender, age, the disabled, the literate and illiterate. There is a need for accessibility of climate change information for instance translation of documents into local languages.”
Director of Climate Change Management , Mr Washington Zhakata , also speaking at the same event said that the youths needed to play a significant role in making sure that the country meets the climatic change obligations through assessing gaps, challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the policy.
“There is a distinctive role that the youth need to play in order for the country to meet these obligations . Before engagements of the youths there is need to do assessment of the gaps that are available within the framework of implementation of the NCD’s”.
The development of all the climate strategy documents is a response to different articles of the Convention on climate change and the Paris Agreement.