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Climate Change and the Environment (191)

SAIIA Policy Briefing 153, November 2016
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SAIIA Youth Policy Committee members Phiwayinkosi Mungwe, Janet Kachinga and Ditebogo Lebea have traveled to Morocco for this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP22. From Morocco and from Johannesburg, young people who have been following these issues for many years will be writing about the direction the negotiations are taking.
Nearly 200 countries will convene in Marrakesh, Morocco today to advance progress made on the Paris Agreement on climate change. Signed by 197 countries last December, the Paris Agreement sets out the global expectations for dramatically reducing carbon emissions. The Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, signalling a true global effort to tackle the climate challenge.
A farmer is weeding his fields by hand deep in rural Tanzania – it seems a timeless scene, far removed from the high-tech, interconnected world of today. Yet the weather forecasts that the farmer used to time his planting, the inexpensive mobile phone that he uses to check market prices before harvesting, and possibly even the potential to receive government assistance should his region be struck by drought all depend, in some or other way, on space technology.
SAIIA, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the British High Commission and the European Union Delegation cordially invite you to a policy dialogue on climate change adaptation readiness.
The 2016 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be commemorated on the 22nd of May with the theme of ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and their Livelihoods’. In December this year, this same theme will form the basis of discussion of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) in Cancun, Mexico. These events provide a unique opportunity for African governments to explore strategies of halting the degradation of ecosystems while at the same time promoting inclusive socioeconomic development. 
The UN 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to provide a holistic and integrated approach to ending global poverty and hunger by the end of 2030. In order to realistically achieve these goals the global community needs to interrogate and address some deeply structural issues such as common but differentiated responsibilities; non-inclusive growth and poverty; poor governance; unsustainable patterns of consumption and production; unmaintainable population growth; and the management of the natural resource base for future social development. This also requires the acceptance that global goals, of whatever type, are only likely to gain support if they address existing political-economic…
On 22 April, the Paris climate agreement will be officially opened for signature at a special ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York. This represents a key opportunity for Africa to do a first reality-check on climate actions.
Discussions about the Global Commons often veer towards a consideration of great power engagement and commercial activities in the Arctic Circle – made possible by the effects of climate change. However, these developments are equally pertinent for the Antarctic Circle, the subject of a new SAIIA research report.
SAIIA cordially invites you to a seminar on 'The Implications of COP-21 for South Africa's Climate Change Policy Trajectory.'
There is growing interest in the commercial value of South Africa’s coastal zones, primarily for sand mining to supply the construction sector. While stakeholders, including resident communities, recognise the potential for economic development and employment, there are also significant negative environmental and livelihood consequences.
Join SAIIA researchers Romy Chevallier and Ross Harvey as they travel to Botswana to look at successful and sustainable opportunities linked to the country’s beautiful natural resources: its wildlife, parks and conservation areas.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 145, December 2015
Sustainable development summits and climate change negotiations have slowly but steadily paved the way to the recognition of the inextricable linkages between water, energy and climate change.
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Over the two weeks of this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP21, SAIIA youth participants will be following the debates and decisions of world representatives. From Paris and from Johannesburg, we will sending daily updates and explaining how young people who have been following these issues for many years feel about the direction the negotiations are taking.
The largest global conference on climate change is taking place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Known the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC it will be held to achieve a legally-binding agreement on climate change actions amongst world leaders.
This year, SAIIA Youth Policy Committee member Morategi Kale will be travelling to Paris to participate in the largest global conference on climate change, COP21.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

MEDIA ALERT: COP21, Paris

The twenty-first session of Conference of the Parties (COP21) 30 November to 11 December 2015, Paris, France FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Dear Editors and Journalists
This December, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a global conference on climate change is expected to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. This conference, known as COP21, is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

COP21 Media Briefing

On Wednesday, 25 November 2015 SAIIA held a COP21 media briefing with SAIIA experts and representatives of the Youth Policy Committee.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 27, October 2015
In December 2015, the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) will host the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) negotiations to achieve universal commitment towards an ambitious, legally binding agreement on climate change. Over two weeks, 196 countries will be deliberating in Paris on the investment each is willing to make towards a common climate agenda.
One of the most important and topical global discussions is the challenge of meeting the world’s climate finance needs, in order to reduce carbon emissions to sustainable levels and support adaptation strategies. A new policy briefing is now available on this topic from a South African perspective.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015

SAIIA Interschools Quiz 2015

The Annual SAIIA Interschools Quiz was held on 19 August at Bishops Diocesan College, with 46 schools representing a broad socio-economic and geographic range taking part.
In June 2015, the Department of Mineral Resources gazetted regulations related to hydraulic fracturing or fracking in South Africa offering a framework for the exploitation and exploration of shale gas. It could easily lead one to think that another step has been taken in the direction of the highly controversial question of industrial fracking in the Karoo basin.
Reflecting the broadening of the BRICS agenda since the grouping was formed in 2009, the first ever meeting of BRICS environment ministers was held in Russia in April 2015. The ministers agreed to:
Ahead of the UN Conference of Parties (COP 21) meeting in December 2015, which it is hoped will deliver a universal, legally binding climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol by 2020, Paris is hosting an International Scientific Conference (ISC) from 7–10 July.
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