Climate change meet focus on developing nations

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CAPE TOWN (Xinhua) – South Africa has called for increased support for developing countries in fighting climate change.

South African Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane made the appeal as she announced South Africa’s participation in the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

“The Katowice Conference should include taking stock of work required to fully implement the Paris Agreement, provide assurances that the political balance of the Paris Agreement is upheld, and that all issues of importance to developing countries will be addressed in the rule-book to be adopted,” said Mr Mokonyane.

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The focus at COP24 should be on ensuring that commitments by developed countries in the pre-2020 period, including the provision of US$100 billion per annum in climate finance to developing countries by 2020, are honored, the minister said.

COP24 is a critical milestone towards the success of the multilateral approach to addressing climate change at a time when such an approach is being opposed by the United States and further undermined by backtracking on commitments by several other developed countries, Mr Mokonyane said.

The international climate change talks started on Sunday and will last until Dec. 14 under the presidency of Poland.

South Africa which has identified a number of priorities for COP24,joined 196 countries in 2015 to ratify the Paris Agreement, which came into effect on Nov. 4, 2016.

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