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Climate Change and the Environment (195)

The intentions of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, Rio+20, compared to its 1992 precursor, were less about revisiting the outcomes from past events than crafting its own path towards sustainable development for the next decade. Top of the discussion list during the meeting from 13-22 June 2012 were seven critical issues, namely jobs, energy, cities, food, water, oceans and disasters.
World Oceans Day (8th June) is celebrated this year just days ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, where ocean governance will be one of the key themes under discussion. The world's oceans have become an increasingly crowded and contested arena of human activity in recent decades. Fishing and merchant shipping fleets have expanded dramatically in number and vessel capacity, with significant impacts on marine life. Technological innovations and high prices have fuelled exploration and competition for marine minerals and energy resources. Piracy has resurfaced as a major security threat in many parts of…
South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Lance Greyling (MP) on "Unpacking a decade of International Climate Change Negotiations: Where is the World Heading?"Venue: The Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA)
20 December 2011: From 28 November until 9 December 2011, South Africa hosted the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as COP 17.
"The negotiating process and drawing up the protocol was difficult and more frustrating than I expected." This is not the view of a seasoned climate change negotiator but that of Elizabeth Ross, a grade 10 high school learner from Thomas More College in Durban.
2 December 2011: The consequences of climate change for both national and human security are profound. With Military Analysts increasingly looking into these consequences, there is a serious risk of 'securitising' the climate change agenda, leading simply to military responses rather than a more preventative course.
COP 17, Durban – 18 high school learners have crafted and presented the South African Durban Youth and Children's Protocol in an effort to make their voices heard during the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) underway in Durban. The protocol follows an intensive year-long programme as well as a simulated youth climate negotiation that took place on the opening day of COP 17.
COP 17, Durban – On the opening day of the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17), 18 high school learners from around South Africa, are holding their own climate negotiations. The Youth Climate Negotiation follows a year of intensive research and will simulate the formal COP discussions currently underway at the International Convention Centre in Durban.
Please be advised that the South African Institute of International Affairs has official observer status at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that commences on Monday 28 November and ends on 9 December 2011. A number of SAIIA researchers will be following proceedings and will be available for media interviews.
SAIIA's publishing partner, Routledge of Taylor and Francis Online, is offering free access to area studies journals, including the South African Journal of International Affairs (SAJIA), until 16 December 2011.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 40, November 2011
14 November 2011: South Africa’s Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, Alf Wills, speaks to SAIIA ahead of the 17th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Durban, South Africa (28 November until 9 December 2011). 
On 28 November 2011 South Africa will replace Mexico as President of the 17th session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As the incoming Chair of the COP, South Africa is uniquely positioned to help shape the future architecture of the global climate change regime — one of the most politically divisive and complex areas currently under discussion within the multilateral fold. South Africa has a rare opportunity in Durban to direct the multilateral agenda towards an ambitious and fair agreement, one that is legally binding and reflects equitable burden-sharing…
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 38, November 2011
South African Institute of International Affairs Cordially invites you to two special youth events on the COP 17 calendar: Youth Climate Negotiations and presentation of a South African Durban Youth Protocol After an intensive year-long programme involving research and presentations, 18 high school learners have been selected from across the country to take on the role of various sectors to hold their own youth climate negotiations. The simulated climate negotiations and the ensuing protocol forms part of SAIIA's Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP) for high school learners, and is sponsored by the US State Department and Sasol. The negotiations, to be…
South Africa’s negotiating stance is informed by numerous national and regional considerations, with the key objective of encompassing the continent and drawing the most vulnerable into the centre of the debate. This event, dubbed ‘the African COP’, represents an opportunity for the continent to heighten its presence in the current multilateral system and influence the decision-making processes. To do this, South Africa needs to consolidate its own competing national priorities and interests with those of its region and work alongside AU member states to help strengthen their common voice.
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Peter Draper speaking on "Trade and climate change - implications for Southern Africa?" at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Thursday 20 October 2011 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm.
South African Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with the Polish Presidency in the EU Council cordially invites you to a Seminar on "Sharing lessons from South Africa and Poland’s approach to curbing climate change". To be addressed by Amb. Janusz Reiter CEO of Center for International Relations (former Polish special envoy on climate change and Ambassador to US and Germany) and Mr Alf Wills South Africa's Chief Negotiator: Climate ChangeDate:            Monday, 10 October 2011 Time:           13:00 -15:00 Venue:         Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg RSVP:          Ndumi Nqunqa
As published by The New Age on 6 September 2011 A truly inspiring and uplifting event with international ramifications took place in Johannesburg on Thursday evening, 1 September. Between 28 November and 8 December this year delegations from countries that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will gather in Durban for the 17th Conference of the Parties (more commonly called COP17). Here they will attempt to hammer out an agreement on how to deal with the carbon emissions into the atmosphere that are resulting in the changes in the world’s climate that are already having…
Please join us as our provincial finalists present their research findings and possible ideas or solutions for environmentally linked challenges of today. The top 6 learners and 2 teachers from each participating province will be chosen to make-up our delegation attending the COP 17 events in Durban. Gauteng Date: 1 September 2011 Time: 16h00–19h30 Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Amphitheatre, Newtown, Johannesburg.
Please join us as our provincial finalists present their research findings and possible ideas or solutions for environmentally linked challenges of today. The top 6 learners and 2 teachers from each participating province will be chosen to make-up our delegation attending the COP 17 events in Durban. KwaZulu-Natal Date: 29 August 2011 Time: 16h00–19h00 Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens, Hall
Please join us as our provincial finalists present their research findings and possible ideas or solutions for environmentally linked challenges of today. The top 6 learners and 2 teachers from each participating province will be chosen to make-up our delegation attending the COP 17 events in Durban. Western Cape Date: 22 August 2011 Time: 16h00–19h00 Venue: Iziko South African Museum, Whale Well
2011 is the United Nations Year of the Forest. It is also the year in which South Africa plays host to the17th Conference of the Parties (COP17). Forestry has come to occupy a central place at international climate negotiations. Both of these events justify a closer look at this important yet threatened natural resource – one of those studied by SAIIA’s Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme.
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) wishes to applaud the extraordinary efforts of all of this year's Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP) participating schools.
June 8th is World Oceans Day, an opportunity to reflect on the condition of the world’s oceans and our broader relationship with the environment. Across many fronts the news is not good. Yet in certain cases governments, NGOs and resource users have come together to form effective partnerships, proving that oceans can bounce back if given an opportunity.
As published in The New Age, 7 February 2011 In the run-up to Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary elections – due to start on 12 February – political party promises ring familiar: economic growth and stability through increased production, universal primary education and improved infrastructure. As the campaigning mercury rises, the already marginalised environmental sector slips even lower on politicians’ agenda. Politicians might consider the environment a “soft” issue, yet for the 88% of Ugandans who live in rural areas and who depend directly on the environment and natural resources for their livelihoods, Uganda’s environmental crisis is of paramount concern.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Towards Cancun and Beyond

The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Seminar on “Towards Cancun and Beyond" to be addressed by Mr Alf Wills, South Africa's Lead Climate Change Negotiator, and the launch of SAIIA's ground-breaking book, ‘Climate Change and Trade: The Challenges for Southern Africa’, edited by Peter Draper and Ivan Mbirimi. Date: Tuesday, 16 November 2010Time: Seminar 14:30 -17:00, followed by the book launch and receptionVenue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
Much has been written about China’s growth and the relationship between Africa and China, perhaps to a degree that minimises the role of other significant emerging actors in Africa. In order to balance the scales, a well-founded analysis of the content and context of facets of India’s involvement in Africa was overdue.
Climate change mitigation is a difficult process for developing nations because immediate and urgent developmental concerns, such as poverty eradication and economic growth, often appear to be at odds with long-term climate concerns.
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