Ramaphosa and co in Dubai for climate summit

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Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Dubai on Thursday to lead South Africa’s participation in the United Nations’ COP28 climate summit.

Sultan Ahmed al-Djaber, COP28’s president, said earlier that this summit is the most important since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 at the 21st international climate summit (COP21).

The summit is being hosted at the Dubai Expo in the United Arab Emirates until December 12.

However, Ramaphosa will only be at the helm of the country’s participation until Saturday, after which Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, will attend the rest of the summit on behalf of South Africa.

During the summit, participating countries will, among other things, discuss progress made so far to counter climate change, and outline further steps needed to make up for any shortcomings.

Creecy and her counterpart from Denmark, Dan Jørgensen, have been requested by the United Arab Emirates to facilitate discussions at a political level between ministers who must counter climate change.

RNews reported earlier that South Africa has gained the support of other countries to switch from coal to renewable power generation in an effort to counter climate change. These countries include Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain – which will also invest in this plan.

This means money available for financing the partnership for a fair energy transition (JetP) currently stands at $11.8 billion (approximately R222 billion). However, this is still a drop in the bucket of what will be needed to make the South African economy completely independent of coal.

Germany, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the USA have already undertaken in 2021 to allocate R8.5 billion (just over R131 billion) for this. The agreement was signed during COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

However, the agreement is subject to the finalization of an implementation plan. This should have been completed in August, but was only presented to the cabinet in November.