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Zuma calls for equitable climate deal

2011-09-09 22:20

Pretoria - A climate change deal excluding finance, technology and capacity-building will not be equitable, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Friday.

"The principle of equity must be addressed in the context of sustainable development," he told 21 environment ministers, accompanied by negotiators and delegates from 43 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change member states.

South Africa will host an international climate change conference in Durban later this year.

Zuma said climate change was the most pressing sustainable development challenge.

There would be two rounds of formal negotiations before the UN climate change conference in Durban.

Zuma called for an ambitious outcome, saying any less would not address the urgent needs of those affected by climate change. The African continent was particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, he said.

"The conference in Durban presents us with an opportunity to shape the future global response to climate change."

Friday's informal ministerial gathering and consultations were aimed at facilitating agreement in areas where divergent opinions were holding back consensus.

Zuma urged ministers and negotiators to approach all ideas and options with open minds.

"I understand that various parties have put forward options for a way forward.

"We are therefore not without answers. Many answers seem to be available and what is now essential is to find a middle [road] that will lead us to a credible outcome."

Comments
  • Hugh - 2011-09-10 00:22

    You just want the money to spen on new wifes.You do cre a continental for your people

  • Hugh - 2011-09-10 00:25

    sorry that should have been spend

  • Verdade - 2011-09-10 00:28

    Do you know what you talking about Shrek Showerhead, I think you might be completely out of depth here!

  • Tired - 2011-09-10 00:31

    I'm really baffled..it seems like Zuma and SA are pushing the new world order agenda like no other country! The world is getting colder? Not warmer? They propaganda this for money. Then you get smart Alex that will say it is so..ok why they asking for money all the time? lol. Not even aids prevention makes so much headlines? lol.I wish the smart Alex will be on the right side and investigate not just what the media what them to believe!!

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-10 04:07

    The World will never solve the ever growing human pollution problem. Politicians are always looking for excuses to nothing. The dinosaurs because extinct 65 million years ago. The human species is creating its own extinction event and is unlikely to survive 300 thousand.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-10 10:46

    eish,Jacob always goes directly for the cash! Load the pockets comrades!

  • radarblip - 2011-10-11 06:53

    yes Jake, and SA is a shining star with Medupi underway. just out of interest anyone, if you would like to see why China refuses to sign the kyoto protocol, take a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_coal_power_stations JZ's bum chums...

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