The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, will on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, deliver the keynote address at a stakeholder consultation in preparation for the 23rd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Bonn, Germany from 06 to 17 November 2017.
In December 2015, Parties to the UNFCCC adopted a universal legally binding Agreement in Paris, which represents a turning point in global climate governance and strengthens rules-based multilateralism, as it is the first time that a comprehensive and universal agreement has been adopted under the UNFCCC.South Africa signed the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016.
The Paris Agreement came into force on 4 November 2016. At COP22 in Morocco in 2016, Parties agreed on 2018 as a deadline for completing work on the rule book in preparation for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
In preparation for the international climate change talks, the Department of Environmental Affairs, will host the annual national stakeholder consultation to solicit South Africa’s position for the upcoming COP23, and to assist the country to further develop their conceptual thinking on how to facilitate implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Media are invited to attend.
Details are as follows:
DATE: 3 October 2017
VENUE: Premier Hotel, 573 Stanza Bopape St, Arcadia, Pretoria
TIME: 09:00 – 15:30
Contact: Banele Mabena on 012 399 9989 / 073 297 9409