Show leadership: Mashabane
Durban - People around the world expected political leaders to show leadership in dealing with climate change, COP 17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Tuesday.
"We have received a lot of memorandums from concerned citizens of the world. They expect us to secure their future," she said at the opening of ministerial segment of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Countries should rise above national interests when negotiating about what needed to be done to deal with climate change, she said.
"You have a responsibility of not disappointing our people. We have no option but to deal with the outstanding issues such as agreeing on the legal nature of the climate change system."
There was a need to put into operation agreements made during climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, in 2005.
She said political leaders parties had been hard at work since the beginning of the conference on Monday to ensure that political leaders were not overloaded when they joined the talks.
"All positions have been heard and people have been free to air their views.
"There is a need to find solutions to this problem that affect us all," said Nkoana-Mashabane.