Harnessing the private sector key to mitigating impact of climate change – UN

By Josephine Mugiyo

A United Nations agency has rallied the private sector to come on board in tackling climate change-related challenges as they also affect their operations.

Across the globe, governments are faced with the task of dealing with the effects of climate change on communities.

The impact of the changing weather patterns is mostly evident in rural communities.

Zimbabwe, working together with institutions such as the United Nations, has put in place several measures to counter the effects of climate change, including the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa programme.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation Sub-Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa, Dr Patrice Talla says, given the vast financial resources required in fighting climate change, all hands should be on deck, including the private sector.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a diplomats meeting on climate issues in Harare this Friday.

“As we focus on climate change, we need to see how we can bring on board the private sector. Climate change demands important financial resources. It’s through partnerships that we can win,” Dr Talla said.

The meeting brought together ambassadors, heads of United Nations missions and corporate executives, with the organisers buttressing the need to create platforms where climate change discussions take center stage.

Reginald Chapfunga, the CEO Diplomats Business Networking Forum said: “We want to concentrate on climate issues. They have been problematic for a long time and we need to discuss this more and find solutions.”

Hard-hitting droughts, flooding and cyclones are among the headaches brought about by climate change and conversations on reducing carbon emissions are taking center stage on various forums across the globe.