Twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20)

Event date: 
2014-12-01 (All day) to 2014-12-12 (All day)

COP11 - South Africa's participation


Introduction and background
South Africa's celebration
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Introduction and background


The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol is taking place from 1 to 12 December. COP 20/CMP 10 is being hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru.

What is the COP?

The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP, at which they review the implementation of the Convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts and take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the Convention, including institutional and administrative arrangements.



South Africa's participation at the UNFCCC COP20 Talks in Lima


From left to right: Catherine Constantinides, Executive Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Ilze Saunders, Miss Earth South Africa 2014, Minister Edna Molewa and Judy Beaumont, Deputy Director-General of Air Quality & Climate Change.

The South African government through the Minister of Environmental Affairs, participated at the COP20 guided by South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Policy, which sets out the nation’s vision and framework for an effective response, and the long-term, just transition to a climate-resilient economy and society. SA’s policy objectives are to effectively manage the inevitable climate change impacts through interventions that build and sustain South Africa’s social, economic and environmental resilience and emergency response capacity; as well as to make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations within a timeframe that enables economic, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.

South Africa’s approach is one of promoting sustainable development by prioritising climate change responses that have significant mitigation benefits, AND have significant economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation benefits.
Some of our country’s achievements in the past few years since Durban include:
We have a National Climate Change Response Policy that charts the course for actions that are both developmental and transformational.
A set of Long Term Adaptation Scenarios (LTAS) are being developed, under plausible future climate conditions and development pathways

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