A panel led by Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, recently discussed climate change during a South African Talanoa Dialogue at the Midrand Conference Centre in Gauteng.

Marcus Cornaro, European Union Ambassador to South Africa, opened the plenary with former French chief negotiator for the Paris Agreement, Laurence Tubiana.

Minister Molewa delivered the keynote address.

State parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including South Africa, in 2015 adopted the landmark Paris Agreement in an effort to guide and accelerate the international communityˇ¦s response to climate change.

ˇ§In terms of the Paris Agreement, parties have submitted Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) indicating their individual contributions to the global effort and have also agreed to multilateral processes to assess and advance collective efforts to achieve the Paris Agreementˇ¦s global goals on mitigation, adaptation and financial pathways towards the transition to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future,ˇ¨ the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement.

The Talanoa Dialogue, previously known as the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, is the first of these key multilateral stock-taking events and discussions on the collective effort. It seeks to inform the preparation or updating of NDCs in 2020. The dialogue is premised on three overarching questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

The South African Talanoa Dialogue, which got underway on 23 August, was a platform for all stakeholders to share stories, aspirations and ideas of how South Africaˇ¦s climate change response could foster its development aspirations.

"Talanoa" is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue.

ˇV Source: SAnews.gov.za