Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment to host virtual stakeholder consultation ahead of Glasgow international climate talks

13 October 2021

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy will on Friday (15 October 2021) host a virtual national stakeholder consultation in preparation for the Glasgow international climate change talks in November.

The 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November 2021. 

The focus of COP26 will be the completion of the Paris Rule Book, and on completing and accelerating climate action at a time when the international community is off track to meeting its goals on mitigation, adaptation and support set out in the Paris Agreement.

COP26 is also the first meeting since Parties to the Paris Agreement have updated, reviewed and strengthened their commitments and ambition on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). South Africa deposited its updated NDC with the UNFCCC in September 2021.   This year’s conference is also being held in a year in which the latest IPCC findings clearly state that unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5oC of even 2oC will be beyond reach.

South Africa expects an outcome at COP26 that is negotiated in a transparent, inclusive and balanced manner, with priority given to all core issues under the UNFCCC and its Paris Agreement. These include securing new commitments of support by developed countries for implementation of the Paris Agreement by developing countries, addressing both mitigation and adaptation.

The main aim of the stakeholder consultation is to consolidate South Africa’s position for the climate change negotiations towards COP26; provide information and an update of the status of the international negotiations in the UNFCCC and raising public awareness around climate change and climate change response efforts.

 

Media are invited to attend the virtual stakeholder session.

Details of the event are as follows:

Time:               14: 00 – 16:00
Date:                15 October 2021
Link:                https://rebrand.ly/qrpdol9

 

To RSVP contact:

Eleanor Momberg on
Cell: 083 400 5741 /
E-mail: emomberg@environment.gov.za /or

Sithokozile Mabena
Cell: 066 420 0144
E-mail:  SMabena@environment.gov.za
 

For media queries contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2879