The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, will lead the South African delegation to the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (CoP23) held in Bonn, Germany from 15 – 17 November 2017. The CoP23 is also expected to discuss among others, loss and damage due to climate change, finance, technology and capacity building for developing countries.
The South African Team consisting of provincial and local government representatives will be attending parallel sessions related to climate change.The Departments key to negotiations will be following the different negotiations Streams that deal with the relevant matters like Energy, Science and Technology, Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry as well as Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, while International Relations and Cooperation will be playing a leading role in Diplomacy and International Legal aspects. All attending negotiators will be fully engaged on matters relating to their specific areas of responsibility within the National Development Plan’s (Agenda 2030).
The South African Team will also work in collaboration with the National Business Initiative (NBI), in is hosting a series of dialogue at our Pavilions to focus on our collective efforts between Government, Business and Civil Society at a country level, in both adaption and mitigation. This collaborative work will include the launch of a Circular Economy initiative in the waste sector.
“In determining the climate action during the pre-2020 period, COP23 is crucial in determining what is required of all Parties to continue the good work that we have been doing to ensure that clear elements of action are agreed to that can be converted into text early in 2018,” said Dr Molewa.
“South Africa is hopeful that the Bonn Climate Change Conference will not only take stock of what is required to implement the Paris Agreement, but that it will provide assurances that the political balance of the Paris Agreement is upheld. We are hopeful that all issues of importance to developing countries, such as adaptation and means of implementation, will be addressed in the rule-book to be adopted before 2020,” the Minister said.