With less than 3 weeks to go ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) climate talks begin in Durban, government and stakeholders are confident the plans carried out for the summit are on track.
Edna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, hosted the final Stakeholder Engagement Summit aimed towards bringing up-to-date all stakeholders on the country’s state of preparedness to participate in COP17, in addition to sharing with stakeholders progress on key areas of South Africa’s responsibility at COP17.
A number of events have already been organised throughout the country as part of the build up towards the conference.
Participants happen to be positive that all was in place for the summit, and that a fair, credible and balanced final result could well be achieved.
“We are going to Durban without any illusion that it will be a walk in the park, but we are ready to fight,” said Environmental Affairs Chief Negotiator Alf Wills.
He explained South Africa’s position was affected by the changing world for the industrial countries. He explained that SA would attempt to seek out a balance over and above successful implementation.
He stated the true secret to Durban will be what Cancun failed to agree on, like the commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, adequate ambition to prevent long term global emissions together with a fair allocation of burden cost.
Molewa pointed out for Durban to achieve success, there would have to be resolutions and a second commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. Other success factors included finance, mitigation and adaptation, which would be key concern for developing countries.
SA has produced a White Paper on Climate Change, which places the country on higher ground and will make certain that government will address the challenge of climate change, and that country transitions into a low carbon economy.
Molewa explained the policy would embody government’s commitment to a fair contribution to stabilising global greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, protect the country and its people from the effects of unavoidable climate change and present government’s climate response and long term transition into climate resilience.
She pointed out that her department would carry on and further engage stakeholders on the implementation process of the policy.
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