Pre-COP 21 stakeholder consultations INDC and South Africa’s negotiating position for COP 21

Event date: 
2015-06-24 (All day) to 2015-12-11 (All day)

Introduction, background and objectives


Introduction

At the National Climate Change Response Dialogue that took place in November 2014, the Department of Environmental Affairs carried out initial engagements on South Africa’s position in the international arena, on the finalisation of the Durban Platform negotiations through a new multilateral climate change agreement at COP 21 in Paris in December 2015. 

Countries across the globe committed to create a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. In preparation, countries have agreed to publicly outline what post-2020 climate actions they intend to take under a new international agreement, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The INDCs will largely determine whether the world achieves an ambitious 2015 agreement and is put on a path toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. 

In preparation, countries have agreed to publicly outline what post-2020 climate actions they intend to take under a new international agreement, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The INDCs will largely determine whether the world achieves an ambitious 2015 agreement and is put on a path toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

The stakeholder engagements initiated during COP 17 and at the 2014 National Climate Change Response Dialogue, need to be expanded and deepened, to cover the details of the status of the international negotiations following COP 20 in Lima in December 2014, the process in advance of COP 21 in Paris and the framing of our Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the global effort, prior to submission to the UNFCCC.  In addition, building on the outcomes of the National Climate Change Response Dialogue, further stakeholder engagement is needed on South Africa’s response, at local, provincial and national level, to the climate change.

In light of this, DEA, in partnership with provincial environmental counterparts, will host a broader set of stakeholder consultations in the lead up to COP 21 in December 2015. The consultations will provide an opportunity to discuss the South African position, fill gaps and build a common understanding and approach towards Paris, and develop a common South African position on the framing of our nationally determined contribution, prior to communicating this to the UNFCCC secretariat, by COP21. These provincial engagements will provide an opportunity to raise awareness, mobilise, inform and engage with key stakeholder groups and the general public around climate change issues, and climate change response efforts at all levels.

 

Objectives
 

Raise awareness
Raise public awareness around climate change and climate change response efforts; Provide information and an update on status of International negotiations in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Provide information
Provide information and an update on the status of International negotiations in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Develop and grow
Solicit stakeholder inputs and comments on South Africa’s negotiating position for COP 21 
frame
Frame South Africa’s Nationally Determined Contribution to the global climate efforts prior to communicating to the UNFCCC Secretariat, by COP21
build
Build on the outcomes of the 2014 National Climate Change Response Dialogue
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Expected outcomes
 

 

common understanding

A common understanding of South Africa’s position for the climate change negotiations

consolidate - put together

Consolidated inputs from stakeholders on South Africa’s nationally determined contribution

Raise awareness
Deepened awareness of climate change challenges and responses within South Africa’s development context
broader understanding - together
Broader understanding and awareness of climate change response efforts and programmes, particularly at local and provincial level. 
expanded network

Expanded network of climate change response champions

 

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Road to COP 21 in Paris

 

Road to COP21

Discussion documents

 

 

South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)

In accordance with decision 1/CP.19 and 1/CP.20 of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, South Africa hereby submits its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) on adaptation, mitigation as well as finance and investment requirements for both. This INDC has been developed on the understanding that the Paris Agreement will be binding, fair, effective and incorporate a “no-backsliding” and a “progressive” approach to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation implementation and ambition. This implementation and ambition will be enabled by finance and technology and capacity building support.

 

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South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)

This INDC is premised on the finalisation of an ambitious, fair, effective and binding multilateral agreement under the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol at COP 21 and CMP 11 in Paris to enable the delivery of ambitious mitigation, adaptation, climate finance, technology, capacity building and effective transparency arrangements. The principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities must apply operationally to any Agreement under the Convention.

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Stakeholder consultation on South Africa’s position towards COP21, in Paris, France


Climate change is one of the major global challenges of the 21st century that require global response. The adverse impacts of climate change are affecting all countries, especially developing countries, in the form of persistent drought and extreme weather events, rising sea levels, coastal erosion and ocean acidification, further threatening food security, water, energy and health, and more broadly efforts to eradicate poverty and achieving sustainable development.

 

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Schedule and proposed dates per province 

 

No Province and centre Date and venue Contact person
1. Eastern Cape – Port Elizabeth
10 Sept '15
Eastern Cape Training Centre
Lyndon Mardon
Tel: 043 605 7128
E-mail: lydon.mardon@dedeat.gov.za
2. Free State - Bloemfontein
Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
 19 Aug '15
Monde Walaza
Tel: 051 400 9417 / 051 400 4813
E-mail: walazam@deteafs.gov.za
3. Gauteng 
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
28 Aug '15
Gerson Nethavhani
Tel: 011 240 3196 
Cell: 082 680 6416 
Email: Gerson.Nethavhani@gauteng.gov.za
4. KwaZulu-Natal – Durban
Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
6 Aug '2015
Timothy Fasheun
Tel: 033 555 9621
Cell: 082 446 7112
E-mail: timothyfasheun@kzndae.gov.za
5. Limpopo - Polokwane
Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism
25 Aug '15
Trevor Mphahlele
Tel:015 290 7079
Cell: 083 443 5744
E-mail: mphahlele@ledet.gov.za
6. Mpumalanga - Nelspruit 
Department of Agriculture, Rural, Land and Environmental Affairs
24 Aug '15
Dudu Sibiya
Tel: 013 759 4085
Cell: 084 587 9053
E-mail: dasibiya@mpg.gov.za
7. Northern Cape - Kimberly
Department of Environment and Nature Conservation 
18 Aug '15
Bryan Fisher
Tel: 053 807 7745
E-mail: bfisher@ncpg.gov.za
 
8. North West - Rusternburg
Department of Rural, Environmental and Agricultural Development 
7 Sept '15
Kedar Country Hotel, Rustenburg
Tharina Boshoff
Tel: 018 389 5656
E-mail: tboshoff@nwpg.gov.za
9. Western Cape – Stellenbosch
Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
31 Aug '15 
Gooisan Issacs
Tel: 021 483 2775
E-mail: gooisan.isaacs@westerncape.gov.za
       

 

CoP 21 breakfast session - 02 November 2015

 
 
 

 

 

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