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Durban, South Africa

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011  
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Mr Michel Jarraud, Ms Elena Manaenkova and Mr Mannava Sivakumar participated in the Joint High-level Segment [COP agenda item 15 and CMP agenda item 19] held from 1500 to 1830 hrs. COP President Ms Nkoana-Mashabane opened the Joint High-Level Segment of the COP and CMP. Ms Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC, reflected on topics where progress is being made in Durban. Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations highlighted the greenhouse gas bulletin from WMO which reported that carbon emissions were at their highest and continued to rise, and that the world was looking to COP17 for leadership.

His Excellency Mr Jacob Juma, President of South Africa, referred to the negotiations for a second commitment period for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and emphasized on the need for a legally binding regime in the near future. He also referred to the issue of long-term funding, especially to help developing countries to cope with climate change.

     
His Excellency Mr Jacob Juma, President of South Africa, addressing the high level segment of COP-17.   His Excellency Mr Jacob Juma, President of South Africa, addressing the high level segment of COP-17.
     
     
Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization (left) and Mr Michel Jarraud at the high level segment of COP-17.   Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization (left) and Mr Michel Jarraud at the high level segment of COP-17.
     

Following these speeches, delegates heard statements from Heads of State and Heads of Governments and from speakers on behalf of Groups.

In his statement, His Royal Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco referred to the report issued by WMO on the state of climate in 2011 and highlighted the need to come to a quick agreement on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Michel Jarraud received a delegation from Guinea led by H.E. M. Saramady Touré, Ministre de l'Environnement, des Eaux et Forêts of Guinea and discussed issues relevant to the development of meteorological and hydrological services in Guinea.

     
Visit of the delegation from Guinea with the Secretary-General (from left to right: Mr Joseh Sylla, focal point for climate change; Mr Yacine Sow, Secretary general of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests; Mr Michel Jarraud; Mr M. Saramady Touré, Minister of Environment, Water and Forests of the Government of Guinea; Ms Elena Manaenkova; Mr Yaya Bangoura, Deputy Director of Meteorological Service; Dr. Selly Camara, Adviser to the Minister)   Visit of the delegation from Guinea with the Secretary-General (from left to right: Mr Joseh Sylla, focal point for climate change; Mr Yacine Sow, Secretary general of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests; Mr Michel Jarraud; Mr M. Saramady Touré, Minister of Environment, Water and Forests of the Government of Guinea; Ms Elena Manaenkova; Mr Yaya Bangoura, Deputy Director of Meteorological Service; Dr. Selly Camara, Adviser to the Minister)
 
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Mr Mannava Sivakumar attended the “Land Day 5: Achieving Zero Net Land Degradation: Impacts on Climate Change Issues” from 10:00 to 13:30 hrs. The event was organized by the Department of Evironmental Affairs, South Africa, the UNCCD Secretariat and the World Agroforestry Centre. Mr Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, expressed hope for leadership to provide insight for foresight to prevent and reverse land degradation. Mr Dennis Garrity, World Agroforestry Centre, proposed that achieving zero-net land degradation globally and ending hunger is possible through a low-cost grassroots global movement. G. E. Nkwinti, Minister of Rural Development And Land Reform, South Africa, commented on programmes in South Africa developing animal and land management through rehabilitation, underscoring the need to scale-up. His Excellency Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, Deputy President of South Africa, emphasized the inextricable link between food security, poverty, climate change and overall priorities for development.

 
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In the next session entitled “How the World Can Curb Carbon Emission by Setting a Sustainable Development Goal on Land and a Zero-Net Land Degradation as Target”, presentations were made by four speakers including Mr Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director-General, FAO; Mr Uriel Safriel, Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Israel; Mr Graham von Maltitz, Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa and Mr Jesper Hornberg, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund. The presentations highlighted how the available technologies could be used to achieve zero net land degradation.
 
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Mr Filipe Lucio attended the High Level Round Table on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change which was organised by the African Union Commission and the UNISDR. The round table was designed to stimulate and strengthen high level commitment to disaster risk reduction as a tool to reduce vulnerability and enhance coping capacities for climate change impacts. The round table was chaired by H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission, with a key note address delivered by Margareta Wahlström, special representative of the Secretary General, UNISDR.

The round table brought a number of eminent personalities including Mr Abdou Sane, President of parliamentarian network on DRR,Senegal; Eng. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, IGAD; the Director of Forestry of the Republic of Gambia; the Deputy Director of WFP; Mr John Ken of the African Development Bank and Mr Rajendra Pachauri, Chair IPCC. The panelists shared information on their activities to support and contribute to building resilience of peoples and countries in Africa. The need for investments to support capacity development in observations, monitoring, forecasting and application of climate information was underscored, together with investment to enable the concerned to take action on the basis of the information.

The African Development Bank noted that the ClimDev project which has a financial envelop of 30 million dollars is part of the initiatives being taken to support capacity development of African Countries to develop and apply climate information. The GFCS was indicated as a collective effort of the UN, Members and various stakeholders to provide a platform that will build on, and strengthen, existing initiatives to address all the components required for the production, availability, communication and application of climate services.

 
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Mr Amir Delju attended coordination meeting of HLCP Working Group on Climate Change in the morning. He attended a side event organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Implementing the Cancun Adaptation Framework: Vulnerability, Changing Populations and Human Mobility. The event discussed population changes,mobility and urbanization. He also attended a side event titled “Department of Defense support to international climate change adaptation” in the US Center on Climate Change. The event explored how the Department of Defense responds to the strategic and operational challenges posed by climate change.
 
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The WMO delegation attended the event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat to launch “Momentum for Change,” a new initiative celebrating adaptation and mitigation success stories from 19:00 to 21:00 hrs. His Excellency Mr Jacob Juma, President of South Africa, COP President Ms Nkoana-Mashabane, Ms Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC and Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations spoke at this launching event which was moderated by Mr Nicholas Stern.
     
Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations speaking at the event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat to launch “Momentum for Change”   Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations speaking at the event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat to launch
     
 
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