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What does the Paris Agreement Mean4Us?
Climate Change is considered to be one of the greatest threats of the 21st Century. It is costing the economy 1.2 Trillian US dollars a year wiping out 1.6 annually from the global GDP. According to the World Health Organisation 150 000 deaths a year are related to Climate change and most of these deaths are from Africa.
Climate change is an issue that tops the global agenda and Dr Debra Roberts highlighted key outcomes emanating from COP21 at MILE’s 28th Management Seminar on 16 March 2016 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
France chaired and hosted the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The result of the conference was a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C.
The agreement will become legally binding if joined by at least 55 countries which together represent at least 55% of global greenhouse emissions. Such parties will need to sign the agreement in New York between 22 April 2016 (Earth Day) and 21 April 2017 and also adopt it within their own legal systems (through ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession).
Dr Roberts who heads up the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department at eThekwini Municipality is the co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change.
During her presentation Dr Roberts mentioned imperative issues about Climate change and the negative effect it has on Africa.
“As Africa, we are most vulnerable to climate change and we need to learn to adapt. Adaptation is a crucial part of the Paris Agreement and South Africa played a key role at COP21 in establishing a global goal on adaptation within the agreement,” said Debra.
According to Dr Roberts local government will play in pertinent role in reaching the targets within the Paris Agreement.
“The Paris Agreement will shape climate action for decades into the future, it has created a revolution, we need to think about what this means for us.”
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