Minister of Green Economy and Environment, Hon. Eng. Collins Nzovu was at the centre of Zambia’s COP27 bilateral engagements as well as high level negotiations in the second week of the COP.
Supported by MGEE Perment Secretary, John Msimuko and other technocrats from the Ministry and other government Agencies including ZEMA, Hon. Nzovu engaged with several country delegations and Multilateral Institutions in an effort to gain support towards Zambia’s fight against climate change vagaries.
Similarly, the Hon. Minister was on hand to lead the high level Ministerial delegation of African Ministers in the second week of climate negotiations as per UNFCCC custom during COPs. As well as media and stakeholder engagements on the status of negotiations in relation to Africa’s priorities.
Working in collaboration with his counterpart, Senegalese Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition, and Chair of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment and Natural Resources (AMCEN), Alioune Ndoye, Hon. Nzovu tirelessly provided leadership even as the COP extended by two days from the initial expected day of closure.
And it was all joy for the Hon. Minister when the COP finally reached a landmark decision on Loss and Damage—an issue that the African Group and other developing countries had been fighting for on the negotiating table for almost three decades.
“Very exciting because for us, success in Egypt was going to be based on what we get from loss and damage. This positive outcome from COP27 is an important step towards rebuilding trust with vulnerable countries,” said Hon Nzovu shortly after the historic Loss and Damage agreement at COP27.
In view of the said landmark decision, a Transitional Committee to work on the modalities of the fund was also put in place with a view of taking a decision at COP28.
Photo highlights of some key activities and moments are shared in this Newsletter.