The drum roll has ended and it’s time to get down to business….
Today, 8 December 2009, marks the start of the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, where delegations from 192 nations will meet over the next 11 days to thrash out a new global climate deal. Our own Richard Worthington and Tasneem Essop are attending the conference on behalf of WWF-SA, following the negotiations and lobbying country delegates for a FAIR, AMBITIOUS and BINDING agreement.
South Africa has a critical role to play in the negotiations and continues to take a progressive stance on climate change. In the words of Richard, “we are hopeful and resolute” that a successful outcome will be reached. I attach the opening press release as well as a press release with WWF’s reaction to emission reduction commitments made by the South African government today. This commitment is hugely significant, as one of the blockages in the negotiations has been the failure of developing nations to agree to such targets.
We will do our best to keep you all updated with relevant information as the negotiations progress, sharing any major wins/breakthroughs.
All the best
For a Living Planet
Jenny Williams - Corporate Relations Officer
WWF for a living planet®