We're satisfied with Cop result: Minister

2011-12-11 10:23

Johannesburg - Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane expressed satisfaction with the outcome reached by the 17th United Nations Conference of Parties (Cop 17) early on Sunday morning.

"Our intention with the Indaba was to restore trust in the multilateral system and to enshrine transparency and inclusively within our party driven process," she said in a speech planned for delivery in Durban.

Nkoana-Mashabane thanked the delegates for the hard work and effort made throughout the conference, which was scheduled to end on Friday, and praised the progress made on several key issues during her closing remarks early on Sunday.

The talks ran into overtime and her speech on Sunday morning marked the end of the 14 days of deliberation.

An amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, decisions regarding life-cycle assessment; the implementation of the Green Climate Fund and the future of the climate change regime were among the resolutions reached.

The talks yielded a roadmap aimed at enforcing a legal framework to enforce carbon emission cuts from major greenhouse gas emitters.

Should the framework be approved in 2015, it would be enforced by 2020.

The next Conference of Parties (Cop 18) will be chaired and hosted by Qatar between November 26 and December 8 next year.

  • jrheeder - 2011-12-11 10:40

    Thumbs up if you think that this speech was written (by her "PR" people) prior to the conclusion of COP17. US and China have told everyone where to shove the Kyoto Protocol, Canada has set a ominous precident in that they have become the first nation to pull out of the KP. Treehuggers, don't be fooled the Kyoto Protocol is dead and defunct, simply replaced with a beggars coin tin also known as the Green Climate fund.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2011-12-11 11:27

      The issue yor supposed too be, about is "climate change". Not hov politition should inter act. You, by now should know your job "little man". To all politians, you are the biggest mestake our race have ever come up with. I support Revolution

  • RA - 2011-12-11 10:51

    the people have spoken. we don't want all the bs u trying to sell us, the youth will lead, a revolution that cannot b stopped world wide.. its amazing how the "evil" people think they still gonna succeed, but you're flesh is letting u down.. LOL, nothing u can do 2 stop that...

      Jacqui - 2011-12-11 11:38

      Ra, what people are you referring to?. The youth and their revolution is becoming monotenous.I am still wating for it to begin.

  • Anthony - 2011-12-11 10:59

    wow look at the date....payed holiday? may I join, I have a lot of nothing to say aswell.

  • Ian - 2011-12-11 11:00

    im sure you are, lots and lots of gravy for the trough

  • Larry - 2011-12-11 11:04

    So would I be satisfied, if I had a week of luxury at the taxpayers expense, talking S**t and enjoying myself.

  • jaco.slabbert - 2011-12-11 11:16

    I think the news24 Poll about Cop17 shows the exact opposite... 96% of the voters were unhappy with the talk's results. Maybe the Minister should be reminded of the "civil" part of their civil servant status.

  • Soetdoring - 2011-12-11 11:52

    Thank goodness COP17 is over. What a waste. With a winner takes all attitude, the meeting was doomed from the start. Lets be brave enough and take politics out of this whole issue and let the scientists from both parties get together and iron out their differences in a serious, but polite way. Let them identify areas which need further investigation and those areas where the scientific evidence is accepted by all those participating. Science (models that have been refined to back real data) must be the only winner and then everyone will become enthusiastic about it and make his/her own contribution if needed.

  • mike.clery - 2011-12-11 12:32

    Minister, WHAT result are you talking about? The whole circus was only about squeezing handouts from developed countries, NOT about addressing climate change.

  • Helmut - 2011-12-11 12:54

    Anybody ask for here expression ?

  • Paul - 2011-12-11 17:39

    Academics exaggerating the “effects”, (not causes) of a worst case scenario wasn’t a crime, it was a consultant’s wet dream for lazy copy and paste journalists and pandering politicians trying to make it look like they are doing something for you. You selfish fear mongering Greenzis goose steped like sick and twisted END OF THE WORLD freaks as you condemned our children and billions of others all over the planet to the greenhouse gas chambers with sickening childish glee. You modern day witch burners didn’t love the planet, you hated humanity. We missed getting Bush for his false war, not this time. Call the courthouse everyone.

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