How is South Africa approaching Mitigation Actions?

The concept of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA’s) emerged out of the Bali Action Plan in 2007. The definition, format and function of a NAMA has yet to be finalised; however developing countries have been actively identifying and proposing areas of mitigation, which could be framed as a NAMA. In order to gain deeper insight into the national appropriateness of mitigation actions in developing countries, bottom up country case studies have been undertaken in South Africa, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and… Read moreHow is South Africa approaching Mitigation Actions?

Variable cloudiness? South Africa and the COP 17

Climate change mobilizes South Africa’s people at the moment more than usual. The Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban starts next week. Conferences and events on climate change, green cities and low carbon development are raising consciousness and provoking discussions all over the country. Excitement is huge about this big event that the country will host for the first time. South Africa successfully hosted the soccer World Cup in 2010, proving its capacity to deal with the logistics for… Read moreVariable cloudiness? South Africa and the COP 17

A Durban outcome: Content and form

With Durban only three days away, there is much debate about the form of the outcome. Before pointing to some useful links on that, what about the content? If the global community is to address the root cause of climate change, the focus of Durban should be simple. Reduce emissions. It’s still appropriate for developed countries to take the lead, but negotiations tend to focus on everything but the numbers of emission reductions. And it’s increasingly clear that developing countries… Read moreA Durban outcome: Content and form

BASIC experts discuss equity, accounting and low-carbon development

The sixth BASIC expert forum was held in Beijing, China, on 30-31 October 2011, immediately prior to the ninth BASIC Ministerial meeting. The experts finalized a paper on equitable access to sustainable development, after intensive work for over a year. The Ministers of BASIC countries agreed to publish the paper, containing a chapter from researches in each of the countries, and a joint chapter upfront. It will be officially launched at a side event at COP17 and CMP7 in Durban… Read moreBASIC experts discuss equity, accounting and low-carbon development

If you don’t understand the language they will be talking in Durban (glossary)

A short, unofficial glossary of terms and acronyms that are used in climate negotiations Annex B. An Annex to the Kyoto Protocol that lists agreed emission targets taken by the industrialized and transitioning countries for the so-called first commitment period, which runs from 2008 to 2012. Annex I Parties. The industrialized and transitioning countries listed in this Annex to the Climate Convention. These countries accepted emission targets for the period 2008 to 2012 in Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol…. Read moreIf you don’t understand the language they will be talking in Durban (glossary)

Getting down to text in Bonn

The climate negotiations in Bonn in early June were a tale of two weeks. In the first week, delegates might have been excused for wondering if they had ever left Bangkok. The fights about the agenda continued, as did wrangles over whether it was permissible to have ‘spin-off groups’. In the second week, thankfully, the negotiations returned to some exchanges among countries, and even some elements of text emerged. On the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, most of… Read moreGetting down to text in Bonn

Framing the work in Bangkok

The climate talks in Bangkok have framed the future of climate change talks. Many observers and negotiators were frustrated that all the discussion seemed to be on the agenda. What is important to understand is that this was about establishing a framework for discussion. The “agenda” is an agreement on what Cancún means. Bangkok was about fundamental questions – where we are coming from, where we are going and where we want to end up. The decisions in Cancún were… Read moreFraming the work in Bangkok

Excerpt from President Zuma’s response to the debate on the State of the Nation Address

Address by President Jacob Zuma in response to the debate on the State of the Nation Address, National Assembly, Cape Town, February 17 2011 … 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… Read moreExcerpt from President Zuma’s response to the debate on the State of the Nation Address