“COVID-19, CLIMATE CHANGE PUT PRESSURE ON BUDGETS”

By Reuben Chomba-President Lungu says the Covid -19 pandemic and Climate Change have put pressure on African Governments’ budgets through unplanned expenditures.

The Head of State however expressed optimism that Climate Change adaptation programmes would offer solutions that mitigate the negative effects.

The President said this through Health Minister, Jonas Chanda during the Africa Covid -19 Climate Emergency and the Importance of Scaling-Up Climate Change Adaptation – through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme -AAAP in a virtue meeting today.

President Edgar Lungu says the Covid -19 pandemic and Climate Change have continued to create crises for the world and Zambia is not an exceptional.

The Head of State said the impact of Climate Change in Africa had manifested itself through extreme whether events such as droughts and unprecedented flooding, coupled with pest invasions on crops.

He said Zambia has not been spared from the events as the country had experienced drought and dry spells, with seasonal flash floods and extreme temperatures.

The African Development Bank and the GCA convened the Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa Covid -19 Climate Emergency in collaboration with the United Nations Secretary General and the Champion of the African Adaptation Initiative.

The event brought together African Heads of State and Government, Bilateral Partners, Heads of International Organizations and Development Agencies.

This is content in a statement in a statement made available to ZNBC news by Ministry of Health Public Relations Officer Amos Zulu.

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