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Minister Edna Molewa to open National Climate Change Response Dialogue 2014

05 November 2014


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, will on 10 November 2014, open the 2014 National Climate Change Dialogue, and present  key milestones of South Africa’s journey and responses towards a lower carbon and climate-resilient economy over the last decade.

The four-day Dialogue is hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs in collaboration with the Inter-Governmental Committee on Climate Change (IGCCC), and provides an opportunity to reflect on the achievements since 2011, when the Durban United Nations 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) was held and the Durban Platform was agreed upon.

Against the backdrop of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with discussions facilitated by lead authors of the IPCC, the National Climate Change Response Dialogue will:

  • Facilitate an interactive dialogue with all stakeholders on progress, challenges and opportunities in South Africa’s just transition to a lower-carbon and climate resilient society.
  • Strengthen the vision and common purpose towards a systemic approach of transformation.
  • Strengthen the roadmap for scaling up implementation.
  • Engage on South Africa’s position in the international arena from the Durban Platform in 2011 to the finalisation of a new multilateral agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris in December 2015.

This Dialogue builds and strengthens the national debate over the last decade on South Africa’s developmental, transformational and participatory approach towards implementing climate change responses that have significant mitigation and adaptation benefits and that also grow the economy, create jobs, reduce poverty, and improve public health.  Key scientists, policy-makers, climate-change practitioners as well as local government and civil society, will share innovations and demonstrate best practice.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

National Climate Change Response Dialogue

Date:  10 – 13 November 2014

Time:  11:00

Official Opening starts at 14:00

Venue:   Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richard Drive, Midrand, Johannesburg

Media Briefing

Media briefing to follow official opening:

Date:     10 November 2014

Time:     15:30

Venue:   Same as above

To view Dialogue programme, click on the below:

>>Programme for the National Climate Change Response Dialogue 2014.

Media workshop on the fifth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Workshop to precede National Climate Change Response Dialogue as follows:

Date:  09 November 2014

Time: Registration - 08:30 - 09:30

              Workshop - 09:30 - 14:30

Venue:   Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Road, Pretoria (Corner Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Roads)

To view workshop programme:

>> Programme for media workshop at South Africa IPCC outreach event.

**As space is limited for the Media Workshop, please RSVP by 06 November 2014**


Simangele Mabusela
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Tel: 012-399 9987

Thembile Ngcobo
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Tel: 012- 399 9986

Janine Hambury
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Tel: 012-399 9975 or
Cell: 082 643 1609

For media enquiries contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871