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Zimbabwe's President Mugabe Heads for Copenhagen Climate Conference

Delegates to the Copenhagen Climate Conference including Zimbabwean youths were calling for global greenhouse gas emissions to be cut in half by 2050.

A first-draft deal at the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen says the world should halve world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The blueprint was released at the end of the first week of the conference.

European leaders pledged more than US$10 billion to help poor countries cope with climate change, as Selah Hennessy reported from London.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwean youth delegates in Copenhagen said they hope President Robert Mugabe when he shows up in the Danish capital next week will highlight the challenges facing the country and the need for solutions.

Delegate Anesu Makina, studying climate change at the University Of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that she has been frustrated by reactions from older delegates at the conference who did not take the views of young people seriously.

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