By Tendai Guvamombe

The 11th Edition of The Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference kicks of today on a high note. The momentous occasion is taking place in Harare and has attracted more than 50 delegates across Africa who are attending in the physical format.

Among the notable achievements spanning from the previous editions, the engagement for 2022 has entwined the “theme event” with diplomatic arrangements coming in different format.

This year’s Edition runs under the theme, “Accelerating locally led interventions for low carbon and climate resilient societies.”

Environment Permanent Secretary Munesu Munodawafa(Left) and Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe(Right)

The most significant aspect is centred around the ability to foster maximised engagements and this has taken place in the form of the side events concurrently taking place during the ongoing Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference.

The Stolkhom+ 50 Conference Feedback, Children’s conference and Youth Conference, are some of the side events taking place on the sidelines of the conference expo.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, on behalf of Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu, The Permanent Secretary in the same Ministry, Munesu Munidawafa said the Expo has become a key result area in Climate Change Programming as Africa is heading towards global emissions reduction in a manner that ensures resilience across communities.

“The Green Expo has become a cardinal for climate change discourse in the region and across the globe.Climate change calls us to change the way of doing business across sectors to with stands the extent of climate shocks. As a region we need to accelerate emissions reduction and ensuring resilience in our societies.”

Participants during Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference 11th Edition

“We stand guided by our international obligations and remain committed to the NDC which we submitted to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which will be achieved in a rapid economic growth under NDCS 1.

Permanent Secretary in Minister of State and Devolution for Harare Metropolitan Province, Tafadzwa Muguti, said the Green Expo is presenting remarkable strides in advancing climate action in Africa. He also spoke on future collaborations towards upcoming editions.

“The expo has become a platform for the re reintegration agenda for the country’s climate programmes.It has made significant strides towards climate change programm ing in Africa, as green agenda plays a pivotal role in the region as a whole in a sustainable manner.”

“As Harare Metropolitan Province we will avail land to the great initiative towards centers of excellence. The initiatives speaks towards local agenda and it is high time that our local authorities starts to contribute financially and areas of expertise towards Green Expo incoming Editions.”

Malawian Ambassador to Zimbabwe , HE. M. Polepole expressed excitement at the arrangement of the Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference 11th Edition saying it will help tackle challenges faced by Africa on Climate Change.

Exhibitions at Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference 11th Edition

“I am so excited to attend the Green Expo as i am standing in for the group of Ambassadors in SADC region.It nolonger a secret that we have been all affected by climate change In all our sphere of lives. I am delighted that some of these issues will be addressed during the entire engagement.”

Zimbabwe’s Child President H.E. Unatsi Nyoni said that humans are the reasons behind climate change catastrophes hence the need for consented efforts to achieve climate goals in the manner of sustainable development goals. He also advocated for youth inclusion in all engagements.

“The earth has been dying because of us the so called owners of the environment. We need to achieve the commitments that are before us and this resonates with Sustainable development goals. SDGs are integrated, hence the outcome of one goal will have an effect on others. In many countries Waste management is one of the challenges across communities. We plead for youths Inclusion, participation and funding towards green start ups and participation in such forum.