Committee Report on South Africa’s negotiating position for UN Convention on Climate Change COP21

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

20 October 2015
Chairperson: Mr S Makhubele (ANC) (Acting)
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Meeting Summary

(Documents handed out: Draft report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental affairs on the public hearings on South Africa’s proposed climate change negotiating position towards the United Nations Convention on Climate Change COP21, in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015, dated 20 October 2015 [available once published on the ATC])

As the Chairperson, Mr. J Mthembu (ANC) was away on official duty the meeting was chaired by Mr Makhubele. The Committee Report on Environmental Affairs on Climate Change Public hearings, 2015, was adopted with a slight amendment. Minutes of Committee meetings held on 1, 22, 23 September and 13 October 2015 were adopted without amendment. Minutes of Committee meetings held on 4 and 8 September and 13 October were adopted with slight amendments.

Meeting report

The Chairperson, Mr. J Mthembu was away on official duty in Johannesburg and as a consequence thereof Mr Makhubele was appointed Acting Chairperson.

Draft Committee report on public hearings on South Africa’s proposed climate change negotiating position towards the United Nations Convention on Climate Change
The Committee considered the report page by page.

Mr S Mabilo (ANC) sought clarification on page 5 of the report on bullet number 7. The said bullet point was on Committee observations stating that South Africa should use its tough negotiating experience at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) to push for a legally binding agreement on climate change at COP21/CMP10 in Paris, France, particularly as chair of the G77 plus China.

The Acting Chairperson explained that the intention of the bullet point was to achieve the spirit of the experience of COP21.

The report was adopted.

Adoption of minutes
Minutes of Committee meeting held on 1 September 2015 were adopted without amendment.

Minutes of 4 September 2015 were adopted with a slight amendment.

Minutes of 8 September 2015 were adopted with a slight amendment. Mr M Shelembe (NFP) seconded the adoption and concerns were raised as to whether or not Mr Shelembe was present during the said meeting. He withdrew his seconding and Ms Nyambi duly seconded the minutes. The Chairperson was however of the opinion that it was necessary to verify whether or not Mr Shelembe was indeed present for the said meeting.

Minutes of 22 September 2015 were adopted without amendment.

Minutes of 23 September 2015 were adopted without amendment.

Minutes of 13 October 2015 were adopted with a slight amendment.
 

The Acting Chairperson then informed Members that the adoption of the BRRR report, the programme of the 4th quarter, as well as the presentation by the Department would be made on 23 October 2015.

The meeting was adjourned. 

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