SA gets R200m to host climate talks

24 June 2011

South Africa has been given R200-million towards hosting the UN Climate Change conference in Durban later this year, Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said on Wednesday.

“There are many other parties also assisting, but mainly the UN [United Nations]. R200-million has been transferred by the UN and is with Dirco [the Department of International Relations and Cooperation] not us,” Mabudafhasi told media in Pretoria via a video link from Cape Town.

A UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany last week had concluded with “encouraging signs of progress”, she said.

Countries had provided more clarity on the approaches to be taken to enable “ambitious actions” to address climate change in the build-up to the Durban conference in November.

“South Africa would like to encourage parties to further intensify efforts to finalise decisions on the large number of elements that will make up an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced outcome in Durban,” she said.

Another session would be organised for September to iron out other issues.

Meanwhile, a South African negotiating team under Minister Edna Molewa would speak to local parties about developing a national position and policy.

The 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) will be held in Durban from 28 November to 9 December to find a binding long-term plan on combating climate change.