Crash Course in Climate Change Politics – INDC meeting at COSATU house – June 2015

On the 10th of June 2015, Elin and Iain, volunteers from the ACRP team attended a meeting with various civil society and labour organisations, youth representatives and faith communities. The aim of the meeting was to reflect on the recent process of the South African Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) and to follow-up on prior…

On the 10th of June 2015, Elin and Iain, volunteers from the ACRP team attended a meeting with various civil society and labour organisations, youth representatives and faith communities. The aim of the meeting was to reflect on the recent process of the South African Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) and to follow-up on prior meetings. The meeting took place at the iconic COSATU house 
in the Johannesburg CBD.

Since we were both beginners when it comes to South African climate change politics it was a great learning opportunity for us. And we can tell you we got thrown in the deep end right away. It was a day packed with information about MPA (Mitigation Potential Analysis), DEROs (Desired Emission Reduction Outcomes), the PPD (Peak Plateau Decline) and INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions).

At COP 19 in Warsaw, countries were asked to submit their INDCs well in advance of the COP 21 in Paris. These INDCs will be used to form a new international climate agreement. Countries all around the world are in the process of developing their own INDCs (if they haven’t already submitted), which should include how each country will reduce their GHG emissions by explaining the national context, mitigation and adaptation measures, planning processes and means of implementation.

In October the UNFCCC Secretariat will use these INDCs to compile a synthesis report on how INDCs are expected to impact global emissions. This report will be the foundation of COP 21 taking place in Paris towards the end of the year. A number of countries have already started to submit their INDCs. The deadline for submission is 1st of October.

One of the outcomes from the meeting was a joint INDC benchmark by CSO (Civil Society Organisations) to be sent to the Department of Environmental Affairs for the INDC consultations. These consultations are set to take place in all provinces starting in Kimberly, Northern Cape on the 28th of July. This process will be followed closely through this blog and we will let you know the dates of the rest of the roadshow.

ACRP is focussing all their efforts on a campaign called the Road to Paris this year. Don’t forget to visit our Road to Paris page.

For more information on the INDCs and to read the submitted INDCs, visit the official INDC portal here.

For more information on the progress of the South African INDC and the schedule for stakeholder consultations click here.

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