Success of climate change talks thanks to SA - Zuma

2015-12-13 15:30
President Jacob Zuma (File, Beeld)

President Jacob Zuma (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - South Africa made the success of climate change talks in Paris possible this week, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"We congratulate South Africans for this contribution to finding solutions to a global challenge. We also thank the United Nations for the opportunity provided to us to play this role," said Zuma in a statement released by the Presidency following the conclusion of the UN’s climate change conference.

Zuma said that the agreement reached at the conference "would not have been possible if South Africa had not delivered the outcomes it did as President of COP17/CMP7, held in Durban in 2011."

He said that this weekend’s agreement based on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was reached with SA as the chair of the "Group of 77 plus China – a group of more than 130 developing countries representing more than 80% of the world’s population..."

"Under South Africa’s leadership the Group of G77 plus China was more united than ever before."

He said that the agreements reached, dealing with measures to curb global warming, restored "hope" for the future - especially for developing countries who were working to protect the "vulnerable and poor".

"It has therefore been a great honour for South Africa to play such a key role at both the beginning and at the end of the process."

This week, raised questions over why South Africa had reportedly sent 137 people as part of its delegation to the talks.

Zuma, however, extended congratulations to "the South African team in Paris under the leadership of the Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, who was supported by Ministers Dipuo Peters [Transport], Nomvula Mokonyane [Water and Sanitation] and Senzeni Zokwana [Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries], Ambassador Nozipho Mxakatho Diseko [Department of International Relations and Cooperation] and other senior officials."

Read more on:    un  |  jacob zuma  |  paris  |  climate change

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