Minister Edna Molewa attends the Petersberg Climate Dialogue and the 2nd Session of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MOCA) in Brussels

19 Jun 2018


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa is attending the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany on the 19th June 2018 and the 2nd Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) scheduled to take place from 20 to 21 June 2018, in Brussels.

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue will bring together ministers from approximately 35 countries. The Dialogue is aimed at coming up with ways to support the international climate change negotiations by providing an informal forum for high-level political discussions. The Dialogue will be co-hosted by the government of Germany, and the government of Poland, as the incoming President of COP24.

These informal political discussions are aimed at generating momentum behind the formal negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The theme of this year’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue is “Changing together for a just transition”. The meeting is part of the building blocks towards the UNFCCC COP 24, which will be an important milestone in implementing the Paris Agreement.

The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) is set to take place in Katowice, Poland, later this year. The COP 24 will be an important milestone in implementing the Paris Agreement. It is expected to conclude the negotiations on the Paris Agreement Work Programme in particular, by agreeing on how they will fulfil their obligations under the Agreement.

Minister Molewa will then proceed to the 2nd Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) that will be co-convened by the Governments of Canada, China and the EU and hosted by the EU from the 20 to 21 June 2018. The MoCA will examine outstanding issues in more detail and explore potential landing grounds.

The list of invitees includes Ministers from the G20, the chairs of key Party Groupings in the UN climate negotiations and other key countries to ensure regional balance.

Through the Talanoa Dialogue, the High Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance, and the stocktake on pre-2020 action, Ministerial leadership will have frank political discussions on their performance thus far, and on how they can advance action and raise ambition from now into the future. Ministerial leadership will be critical to achieve outcomes that are comprehensive, balanced, effective and consistent with the spirit of Paris, and send the clear political signal that the transition to low-carbon and climate resilient economies is underway.

Nationally, there has been increased momentum in the implementation of the National Climate Change Response Policy. Cabinet has also approved the Climate Change Bill for public comment, and it will become law after public consultations and adoption by Parliament.

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