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Final letter that was sent to IMCCC Ministers and Business Day

From: Richard Halsey <richard@90by2030.org.za>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 at 10:16
Subject: [EGI-SA] Final letter that was sent to IMCCC Ministers and Business Day
Attn: Ministers of: Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development; Environment, Forestry and Fisheries; International Relations and Cooperation; in the Presidency; Mineral Resources and Energy; National Treasury; Public Enterprises; Trade and Industry; Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements RE: South Africa’s standstill on climate change response Dear honourable Ministers Didiza, Creecy, Pandor, Mthembu, Mantashe, Mboweni, Gordhan, Patel and Sisulu We, members of the Energy Governance SA1 network (organisations listed below), address you as [potential] members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC), which has apparently not actually been convened for many a year. The last time government as a whole gave concerted attention to climate change was when we hosted the annual Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Convention in Durban, eight-plus years ago. It is over a decade since we drafted our National Climate Change Response Policy, formally adopted in 2011, and lack of implementation has gone from bad to worse, particularly with regard to curtailing our greenhouse gas emissions. The policy we have on mitigation is based on climate science circa 2005. The White Paper provided for further elaboration, including a commitment to develop long term objectives within 2 or 3 years and to undertake a substantive review after 5 years – none of which has happened. 2020 is the year in which the substance of the Paris Agreement (2015) must be finalised, including countries setting emissions targets for 2030 in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and submitting long term strategies to 2050. South Africa has left it to the eleventh hour, but we could get it done, if an Inter-Ministerial Committee2 , perhaps with a Presidential Commission, is convened with urgency and empowered to be decisive.

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