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Zimbabwe, Botswana, SAfrica Address COP27

COP27 Climate Summit
COP27 Climate Summit

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa urged leaders at the UN's climate summit on Tuesday to lift what he called "the albatross of illegal economic sanctions" to help his country achieve "greater progress" on climate goals.

Sanctions by the US, the European Union, the United Kingdom and others have targeted top Zimbabwean officials and have prevented the country from getting support from the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund.

The sanctions have called for the government to respect human rights, democratic rights and have accountable government financial management.

World leaders continued delivering speeches on Tuesday, after which the conference delegates will delve into negotiations on a range of issues, including compensation, known as loss and damage.

In his speech, Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi sought a better adaptation funding system to help implement adaptation actions.

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa urged developed economies to honour their commitments "because failing to honour these commitments breaks trust and confidence in the process."


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