Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane: media conference on climate change and Libyan issues following the United Nations Security Council meeting, New York
Today marks the 35th Anniversary of 16 June 1976 student revolt against Apartheid education – it is therefore fitting to salute our youths in SA and the youths of the world as agents of change.
As the next President of the COP17/CMP7, we are reaching-out to all parties and stakeholders in the climate change negotiations;
Our task remains: ensure that country parties to the UNFCCC deliver an acceptable, fair, transparent and equitable deal in the upcoming climate change negotiations in Durban.
We had the opportunity to interact with the G77 and China, the UN Climate Change team, including a Group of Climate Friends (to share views and exchange notes);
We are encouraged to learn that progress is being made at the Bonn negotiations in a number of bodies of the UNFCCC;
We need enhanced cooperation between the UNFCCC Secretariat and the COP17/CMP7 Presidency to ensure that we deliver positive outcomes in Durban; and
Principles of inclusivity, wide participation and transparency will continue to characterise our processes as COP17/CMP7 President;
We need to focus our un-divided attention to:
achieving a balance between the Bali Roadmap and operationalising the Cancun Agreements; as well as
striking a balance between and within both the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol negotiating tracks.
NB: The onus to deliver an acceptable climate change outcome in Durban rests on South Africa as the incoming COP17/CMP7 President, but the role of state parties cannot be over-emphasised.
NB: A Leaders Dialogue to be here in September and co-chaired by President Jacob Zuma and President Calderon of Mexico – will set the tone as we move towards Durban.
is deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict and the unprecedented loss of civilian lives in Libya
Condemns the violence against civilians perpetrated by all parties as well as the damage to civilian infrastructure
calls on the international community, including the UNSC to focus its energies on finding a political solution to the Libyan crisis and not a military one
calls on the UN to work in collaboration with the AU on the basis of its Roadmap
calls for a ceasefire, a pause which will enable a political process to take root
maintains that Resolution 1973 was adopted to primarily to protect civilians and ensure access to humanitarian aid, and not about regime change and assassinations
believes the implementation of Resolution 1973 should not go against the letter and spirit of what was initially intended and
is disappointed that the UNSC was unable to agree on the Presidential Statement today, but we nevertheless remain optimistic.
Issued by: Department of International Relations and Cooperation
16 Jun 2011