Warsaw, Poland – The Chair of the Zimbabwean parliamentary Committee on Environment, Climate, Water and Tourism , Hon. Anastancia Ndhlovu, and other members, including both Zimbabwe’s political parties Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19), which was held in Warsaw, Poland, on 25-27 November 2013.
This activity is part of AWEPA’s Zimbabwe Parliamentary Support Programme funded by the European Union, Sweden and the Netherlands. The purpose of the mission was twofold: to capacitate members in matters and strategies pertaining to climate change mitigation and adaption; and to engage in knowledge sharing between members from other countries and facilitate opportunities for future cooperation between countries. The delegates attended various activities and presentations including a workshop facilitated by GLOBE International ,where the members were briefed on the progress and possibilities of the UN Strategy to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The main message was that engaging parliaments is an absolute necessity in order for REDD to be successfully implemented on a national level, and for international REDD and climate negotiations to advance.
The members very much appreciated the opportunity to liaise with their colleagues from other parliaments who attended the event, also given the still existing sanctions instituted by the EU on members of the ruling party, ZANU-PF.