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Calling South African Business to be part of the UN Climate Conference in Egypt, as Africa takes centre stage at COP27
The last UN Climate Conference, COP26, was highly successful for South Africa, showcasing the country’s enhanced climate ambition, enabled by collaborative action between government, business, and other key actors. South Africa’s enhanced climate ambition resulted in a historic deal between the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the European Union to offer US$8.5 billion in climate finance to support South Africa’s Just Transition.
With the foundation laid, it is time to demonstrate even deeper climate action. This opportunity is presented by COP27.
Building on the momentum achieved at COP26, we invite you to join us at the upcoming South Africa Pavilion COP27 Roadshow event as we highlight the key focal areas for this year’s pavilion, outline our programme of work for the Road to COP27, and call on business to collaborate with us in the delivery of this key national platform.
Why is this important?
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our global economy but tackling it is also one of the world’s big economic opportunities. Climate threats are amplified on the African continent, where impacts are further exacerbated due to high levels of social and economic vulnerability. The recent devastation caused by floods in KwaZulu-Natal, closely preceded by Cyclone Idai, emphasise the reality, proximity and enormity of the climate crisis for South Africa, and the continent more broadly.
The African climate response is a development and investment opportunity which must be realised to achieve a just transition to net zero, as well as climate resilient economies and societies across the continent.
COP27 will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) in November 2022. This African COP is a pivotal moment for governments and business across the continent, to showcase and position the range of climate investment prospects that exist in Africa and to amplify the value of collaborative action. COP27 also presents a moment to share insights into the requirements and enablers for implementation of both mitigation and adaptation measures, and what is needed to ensure that the transition to a net zero and climate resilient economy by 2050 is just, inclusive and addresses socio-economic needs.
The South Africa Pavilion is a prime opportunity for business and government to demonstrate climate leadership and action, track progress against climate commitments, share insight with an international audience and collaborate to tackle South Africa’s climate needs and opportunities. The Pavilion at COP27 will be hosted jointly by the South African government and business, coordinated by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE) and National Business Initiative (NBI).
We invite you to join us on 24 May at our COP27 Roadshow Launch, to discover how you can be a part of this momentous occasion for the African continent. Please click here to register for this Zoom event.