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President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has left for Marakkech, Morocco, to attend the high-level segment of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) beginning Tuesday.

COP22 is an opportunity to debate and discuss several issues relating in particular to agriculture, food security, energy, industry, transport and water in relation to the impact of climate change.

Around 20,000 delegates from 196 countries are gathered at COP22.

The meeting is expected to fine tune implementation of the Paris Agreement, which was adopted last year at COP21, and came into force on Nov 4 this year. The Paris Agreement is a collection of self-imposed national plans for holding emissions to a level which scientists believe will prevent global temperatures from rising more than two Celsius degrees.

It seeks to limit rising temperatures that have been linked to increasing economic damage from desertification, extinctions of animals and plants, heat waves, floods and rising sea levels.

Climate change is a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

The phenomenon has become arguably one of the greatest threats facing the planet today with recent years show increasing temperatures in various regions, as well as increasing extremities in weather patterns. Its effects include extreme temperatures, droughts, floods and loss of biodiversity.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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