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Minister Edna Molewa attends informal consultations ahead of international climate change talks

07 September 2015


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs B E E Molewa, has arrived in Paris for informal Ministerial Consultations ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be hosted in France from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

The informal Ministerial Consultation is being hosted by the incoming COP 21 President, the Foreign Minister of France Mr. Laurent Fabius from 6-7 September 2015. The meeting is the consultation is the third Ministerial consultation following the last two held in Lima, Peru, and Paris, France, in March, May and July 2015, respectively.

The aim of the Paris consultations on 7 September is to support the formal process under the UNFCCC in order to ensure the broad outlines of the draft agreement may be clear as early as October in order to maximise the chances of a success at COP 21.

The Ministerial Consultation will focus on adaptation and loss and damage caused by climate change, and means of implementation of a new legal agreement.

The Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Actionagreed at a meeting in Bonn last week to provide the Co-Chairs of the ADP to revise the negotiations text, or what is known as Co-Chairs’ tool, with a view of tabling the revised Co-Chairs tool before the next session of negotiators which will take place in October in Bonn.

The Ministers must decide on aspects on adaptation, loss and damage and the means of implementation to be captured under the core agreement and those that can be captured under Decisions Text.

Finally the outcomes of the discussions by the Ministers will give direction to the formal ADP negotiations under the UNFCCC negotiations.

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