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The 21st Conference of the Parties (CoP 21) of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) starts today. President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa are attending, in a bid to secure the country's environmental interests globally.
While the Durban climate summit may not be able to produce a legally binding second commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, developed countries need to give guarantees that they will sign for a new commitment period post-2012, says the BASIC group of countries.
Ten innovative projects which will help thousands of people across the world deal with climate change have been launched at COP 17 in Durban as the first platform of the UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative.
As heads of state and government ministers start arriving in Durban for the UN climate talks, negotiators are hoping that, come end of the week, some kind of political compromise will have been reached to break the stalemate on a range of issues.
South Africa acknowledged its role as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions on the continent, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said as the African agenda was set at COP 17 in Durban on Monday.
Climate change cannot be tackled without an agreement that includes finance, technology and capacity building, South African President Jacob Zuma said at a preparatory meeting ahead of the forthcoming UN climate summit in Durban.