Minister Edna Molewa to address the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Kwazulu-Natal

10 September 2018

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa will officially launch the Durban Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Office, on Tuesday, 11 September 2018.

The Durban Office is aimed at raising the visibility of the IPCC in South Africa and Africa. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate the commitment of the South African government to increasing Africa’s contributions to the processes and products of the IPCC.

The Office was established through a memorandum of understanding in 2017 between the governments of South Africa (represented by the Department of Environmental Affairs), Norway, Germany, New Zealand, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as the host institution, and is funded by Norway, Germany and New Zealand, with the infrastructure support of UKZN.

The IPCC is a United Nations body, founded in 1988, which evaluates climate change science. The IPCC assesses research on climate change and synthesises it into major 'assessment' reports every 5 - 7 years.

The Minister will also address the IPCC Working Group II which assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to it. It also takes into consideration the inter-relationship between vulnerability, adaptation and sustainable development. The Panel provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an objective source of information about climate change.

Jointly established by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988, the IPCC prepares comprehensive and up-to-date assessments of policy-relevant scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relevant for understanding the scientific basis of climate change, potential impacts, and options for mitigation and adaptation.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the discussions as per the details below:

Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Time: 11:00

Venue: Smart Grid Research Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville Campus, Durban

To RSVP, contact Ernest Mulibana on EMulibana@environment.gov.za / 082 263 7372

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