Press release from our Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA AT THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS AIMED AT
PREPARING WORK FOR THE DURBAN CLIMATE TALKS
10 June 2011
South Africa is impressed with progress being made at the United
Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany that is aimed at
preparing work for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to be
held in Durban from 28 November to 9 December 2011.
The Bonn talks are centred on how best to build on the progress made
thus far as well as on pending issues that have not yet been agreed. In
this respect, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and
Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) have
commenced with work on more mature aspects of the future climate change
regime that have been referred to them. At the same time the Ad hoc
Working Groups under the Convention and its’ Kyoto Protocol continue
with the further elaboration of the architecture of the post 2012
international climate change regime.
In the lead-up to the Durban climate change conferences in December
this year, South Africa welcomes the progress being made here in Bonn
and encourages the international community to further intensify efforts
to finalise decisions on the large number of elements that will make up
a comprehensive and balanced post 2012 international climate change
South Africa’s participation is guided by our desire to reach an
ambitious and comprehensive outcome of the Durban negotiations. The
success of Durban talks will require that a balance be struck along
three areas of work in the negotiation,
● A balance between operationalising decisions made thus far in
the negotiation and pending issues.
● A balance between the outcomes under both the Convention and the
● A comprehensive and balanced advancement of all elements that
will make up the future climate change regime.
In Bonn, as we are progressing on the various elements, many countries
have noted the need for additional negotiating time to fully develop
ambitious recommendations for consideration in Durban and have therefore
called for a further negotiation session in September/October.
The Bonn meeting has attracted more than 3000 participants from 183
countries, including government delegates, representatives from Business
and industry, environmental organisations and research institutions.
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About the UNFCCC
With 195 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty
of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192
of the UNFCCC Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of
highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of
transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation
and reduction commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to
stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level
that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.
About the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice
The SBSTA provides advice to the COP on scientific, technological and
methodological matters. It serves as a link between expert sources (such
as the IPCC), other relevant international organizations and the COP,
which focuses on setting policy.
About Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)
The SBI makes recommendations on policy and implementation issues to
the Conference of the Parties (COP), supreme body of the Convention that
currently meets once a year to review the Convention’s progress. If
requested, the SBI also makes recommendations to other bodies.