The outcome of the Durban climate summit is a historic achievement that will go a long way towards furthering the global climate agenda, says the head of the South Africa's COP 17 delegation, Edna Molewa.
President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the South African delegation for their "outstanding achievement" at the UN climate summit (COP 17) in Durban, describing the outcome of the talks as "a coup for Africa".
It went far into overtime, but the UN climate summit hosted and steered by South Africa finally delivered the deal the world has been waiting for - a clear pathway to a legally binding instrument that will compel all countries, including the biggest polluters, to take action to slow the pace of global warming.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the set of decisions reached at the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, saying they represented "a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the coming years".
COP 17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, herself lauded for steering the UN climate summit to a historic conclusion, has congratulated all the countries at the Durban conference for "rising to the occasion when it was most required".
A Chinese investment company is to buy carbon credits from a Johannesburg brick factory registered under the Kyoto Protocol's emissions trading scheme to offset the travel of over 750 UN-sponsored delegates to COP 17 in Durban.
With less than 24 hours to go before the end of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban, negotiators are working around the clock to reach a deal that will signal some real progress in the planet's response to climate change.
South Africa has formed a partnership with four European countries and the European Investment Bank to source funding and expertise to support the country's ambitious plans for the scale-up of renewable energy.
Climate-smart agriculture offers a "triple win" for food security, adaptation, and mitigation, South African President Jacob Zuma and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on the sidelines of COP 17 in Durban.
While South Africans will have to wait a while before they can buy an electric vehicle (EV), at least a dozen of the zero-emission cars have been doing the rounds in Durban since the start of the UN climate summit (COP 17).