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SEI policy brief: What drives South Africa’s approach to climate diplomacy?

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has published a policy brief by Aaron Atteridge analysing the domestic and international drivers that influence the way South Africa approaches climate change negotiations. It’s entitled “Multiple Identities: Behind South Africa’s Approach to Climate Diplomacy”.
Its key findings are that:

• In international climate negotiations, South Africa is widely seen as playing a “bridge-building” role between industrialised and developing countries. This is driven partly by a desire among the country’s post-apartheid leaders to promote South Africa as a responsible actor, a stable economy and a platform for foreign investment in Africa.

• President Jacob Zuma’s voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reduction pledge at COP15 in Copenhagen was seen domestically as the country “punching above its weight” in its contribution to global mitigation action. This reaction can be understood by Continue reading

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SA’s ‘foreign minister’ to chair COP17

Extract from President Jacob Zuma’s recent State of the Nation address:

Honourable Members referred to the important United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change or COP 17 that we will host from the 28th of November to the 9th of December 2011 in Durban.

We agree with Honourable Holomisa that the conference should be used as a rallying point to inform and mobilise our communities around issues of the environment. We are humbled by the confidence shown by the UNFCC in Africa`s ability to host this meeting again after Kenya successfully hosted it in 2006.

This presents another opportunity for Africa to rise to the occasion, just like we did when the world gave us an opportunity to host the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup last year. Continue reading

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