R/€ = 15.10Change: 0.15
R/$ = 13.38Change: 0.15
Au 1144.92 $/ozChange: -1.03
Pt 952.00 $/ozChange: 7.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Jun 30, 2011

Logistical arrangements for COP17 meeting in Durban on track − Zuma

© Reuse this

As the African continent prepared to “open its arms to the rest of the world in Durban”, President Jacob Zuma assured African leaders that the logistical arrangements for the 17th conference of the parties (COP 17) at the end of the year were on track.

“We are ready to receive all the delegates to Durban in a manner expected of us,” he said, and added that he was convinced that a successful conference on climate change, that was “truly African and memorable” could be delivered.

Speaking at the 17th African Union ordinary summit on Wednesday, Zuma said that for the South African government, the success of the conference in Durban included the strengthening of the multilateral process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“We therefore urge all parties to find areas of agreement, and in our role as COP President, we will work with all parties, impartially and with transparency.”

He said that the intention at Durban in November and December was to achieve three objectives.

The first objective was to continue supporting multilateral processes, and thus implementation of decisions made in Cancun were necessary, as well as pursuit of the completion of work agreed to in Bali, in 2007.

Secondly, as a vulnerable continent, Africa must prioritise an outcome ensuring that the global climate regime protects the environment for future generations, noted Zuma.

“Therefore, a determination must be made on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and also clarity on how to ensure a fair and comparable contribution by non-Kyoto Parties.”

Lastly, Zuma said it was important for African countries to make adaptation central to a future climate regime, recognising that the extent of adaptation needs depended on an effective regime for emission reductions.

The state of African socio-economic development, and dependence on natural resources for livelihoods, made the continent especially susceptible to catastrophic events such as droughts, floods and extreme weather events.

Furthermore, Zuma extended appreciation for work undertaken by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and the Africa Group negotiators. He encouraged them to continue their work as custodians of the Africa common position.

“Africa has been the envy of the world as it is the only continent that negotiates with one voice on the basis of a common position. In the coming months as we prepare for the conference in Durban, it is important that we maintain and enhance that unity,” he stated.

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Climate Change News
Updated 1 hour 47 minutes ago eThekwini municipality Department of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection head Dr Debra Roberts has been appointed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II co-chair, marking the first time a South African has been selected to a...
The much anticipated traffic restrictions into Sandton, Johannesburg, began Monday as the EcoMobility World Festival took off. Organisers said the festival aims to demonstrate the possibilities and benefits of urban mobility without dependency on private cars in a city.
Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland warned recently against excessive optimism regarding timescales for the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. He was speaking at a Nuclear Roundtable in Johannesburg. “I think we...
Latest News
Updated 50 minutes ago The contraction in the metals and engineering sector is worsening, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) warned on Thursday. Speaking after the release of production numbers by Statistics South Africa, Seifsa chief economist Henk...
Updated 1 hour 2 minutes ago Local innovation will undoubtedly provide solutions to many of the challenges faced by Africa, as it sets the tone for progress and enables businesses to gain a competitive advantage, create additional jobs and change peoples’ lives. Speaking as part of a panellist...
Updated 1 hour 16 minutes ago Zambia and Zimbabwe drew more water than they should have from the Kariba dam to generate electricity, draining the reservoir to 29% of its capacity in September, compared with 70% capacity last year, an engineering body said on Thursday. The Zambezi River Authority...
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
This Week's Magazine
Sphere Holdings CEO Itumeleng Kgaboesele
Black-owned investment holding company Sphere Holdings plans to raise a further R1-billion in the coming months in support of its strategy to become a leading black industrial enterprise, which could ultimately seek a listing on the JSE.
Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland warned recently against excessive optimism regarding timescales for the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. He was speaking at a Nuclear Roundtable in Johannesburg. “I think we...
Malawi’s Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) is inviting eligible bidders to prequalify for the board’s efficiency improvement works, which will be implemented as part of the E24-million Lilongwe Water Resources Efficiency Programme.   LWB CEO Alfonso Chikuni explains that...
CROATIA, AN EU MEMBER BUT NOT A TDCA MEMBER On July 1, 2013, Croatia officially became the twenty-eighth member of the European Union (EU). Despite Croatia’s accession into the EU, it is yet to become party to the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA)...
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96