Southern Africa Coordination Council’s President Zingiswa Losi said in Dar es Salaam yesterday during a opening session of the 15 SADC civil society forum that rich countries have a obligation to compensate the people of Malawi and Mozambique who lost billions of property and many lives which are yet to be accounted through the two cyclones. Zimbabwe was also partly hit.
Losi said developing countries such as Malawi and Mozambique are at the receiving end of climate change disasters because rich, industrialised economies are emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere hence contributing to climate change as manifested by the two cyclones which hit southern Africa.
“It is therefore common sense that those industrialised nations must compensate the victims of impacts of climate change,” Losi charged while emphasising that thousands of lives were lost with property worth billions of dollars destroyed.
“Actions of the world’s leading economies are taking a huge toll on our nations and someone has to compensate for this,” she charged while calling on Southern Africa Development Community leaders to tread carefully with their development goals which impact on global weather patterns.
She said SADC’s reviewed regional development indicators should focus on sustainable development centred around youth who constitute the bulk of the region but are largely unemployed hence live in abject poverty.
“In our next regional development indicators it will not be business as usual, we want shared prosperity,” the SATUCC President stressed while noting that SADC integration should not only focus on trade and business growth but also benefit common people.
Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organization’s member of the steering committee on regional integration, Dr Astronaut Bagile backed Losi’s arguments saying regional integration should be about share prosperity.
Dr Bagile also backed suggestions that SADC’s new development indicators should focus on sustainable development with youth as focal point because they are the largest following in the region but are largely in informal sector.
“Because of lack of recognition for the informal sector, most of the youth engage in businesses that are not recognised by authorities,” she said in her presentation at the civil society forum which drew hundreds of activists from the 16 member SADC bloc and development partners.