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South African President Jacob Zuma welcomed more than 15 000 delegates from 190 countries to Durban at the start of the UN Climate Change Conference on Monday with the message that the future of the world was in their hands.
Carrying representatives from all over Africa, as well as from countries in Europe, South Africa's "Climate Train" has left Johannesburg on the final leg of its journey to Durban, where the UN Climate Change Conference starts on Monday.
Durban's International Convention Centre, venue for the UN climate summit kicking off on Monday, has a strong environmental vision and policy and already boasts a number of "green" features.
While it is unlikely that a legally binding deal on reducing carbon emissions will be struck, COP 17 should build on the Bali Roadmap and put into effect the Cancun Agreements, says Edna Molewa, leader of South Africa's negotiating team at the UN climate summit.
Durban must not be remembered as the place where the Kyoto Protocol was buried, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said at a COP 17 preparatory meeting in the coastal city where the crucial UN climate summit starts next week.
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, the leader of South Africa's delegation to COP 17, says "exam fever" is the best analogy to explain how the government is feeling just days ahead of the United Nations climate summit.
If you want to find out what the South African government, business and NGOs are doing about climate change - visit the South Africa Climate Change Response Expo in Durban.
The South African government, business and labour have signed a new accord - one of the most comprehensive social partnerships on "green" economy development in the world - geared to create 300 000 jobs within the next 10 years.