Derek Hanekom leads the SA delegation to COP 24 climate talks


Lack of consensus is delaying the finalisation of the COP 24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland. The extended talks have so far not lived up to expectations, as side event shelters are being cleared. This after back-to-back deadlocks in the past two weeks. Sticking points include climate finance, and whether countries should accept the findings of the latest report from the Inter- governmental Panel on Climate Change. It found that the world only has a dozen years to halve global emissions and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Failure to do so would have catastrophic consequences, including erratic weather, food and water insecurity, and higher poverty levels. But South African negotiators say there’s an emerging balance ahead of the highly anticipated Paris Agreement rule book.

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