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Thursday, 8 December 2011  
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The WMO delegation attended the High Level segment where statements were delivered by ministers and their representatives. Several delegations conveyed their appreciation for WMO’s contributions. A webcast of all the statements is available online at:
http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop17/templ/ovw_live.php? id_kongressmain=201

Mr Michel Jarraud, Ms Elena Manaenkova, Mr Mannava Sivakumar, Ms Mary Power and Ms Marie Heuze attended the WMO-SAWS RTC-Pretoria MOA Signing Event (programme). Mr. Welcome Msomi, SAWS Board Member, chaired the event. Dr. Amos Makarau, Vice-President of RA I gave the opening remarks. Dr Linda Makuleni, Permanent Representative of South Africa with WMO and Mr Michel Jarraud spoke about the importance of the Regional Training Centre in Pretoria. This was followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement by Mr Michel Jarraud and Dr Linda Makuleni. Dr. Thembakazi Mali, SAWS Board Member gave the closing remarks at the event.

Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on RTC by Mr Michel Jarraud (left) and Dr Linda Makuleni (Right).  Standing: Ms Elena Manaenkova (left) and Mr Mark Mojadina (right).   Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on RTC by Mr Michel Jarraud (left) and Dr Linda Makuleni (Right). Standing: Ms Elena Manaenkova (left) and Mr Mark Mojadina (right).
Mr Michel Jarraud receiving a memento from Dr Linda Makuleni   Mr Michel Jarraud receiving a memento from Dr Linda Makuleni

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Mr Filipe Lucio attended the Africa Day Session on Climate Finance and Economics which was organised by the South African government, African Union Commission, African Development Bank and the Economic Commission for Africa. It was designed to afford African decision makers the opportunity to advocate for the key messages emerging with focus on opportunities for a meaningful outcome at COP 17.

The event, which was moderated by Ms Lerato Mbele (CNBC), brought together high-level speakers, who were engaged in a very lively and interesting discussion, including: H.E. Mr Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; H.E. Dr Jean Ping, Chairman, African Union Commission; H.E. Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission; H.E. Mr Sangare, Minister of Environment of Mali; H.E. Mr Trevor Manuel, Co-Chair of the Transitional Committee of the Green Climate Fund; Mr Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under Secretary-General & Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa; and Dr Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank.

Nicholas Stern gave the key note address titled "Status of Climate Finance: challenges and opportunities for Africa" in which he underlined the need for government policy covering the range of problems to advance climate change adaptation; capital markets that can handle risk associated with climate change; African examples with respect to emissions; and rich countries to be more serious about climate financing, Including clear and strong policies for carbon markets.

The discussion during the side event brought forth the following views of the panel:

  • Growth in Africa has to focus on agriculture which employs more than 70% of the population.
  • Green development is a transition. There is need of space and time to move away from fossil fuels, while using resources from fossil sources to develop clean energies.
  • Industrialisation in Africa has to be powered by clean energies (sun, wind, hydro). However, the financing for the exploitation of clean energy resources requires a special attention. In addition, there is a need to invest in research and development to develop technologies to reduce emissions from oil and coal, while using the revenue from these sources to sustain development of clean energies.
  • Justice (finance and technology) to be facilitated by those who have already polluted.
  • Africa needs additional resources to support the development of a green economy.
  • Africa has good examples of resources management. People should be encouraged and motivated to preserve the environment and natural resources.
  • The carbon trade is very complicated and not accessible by many countries. It should not be seen as the mechanism to promote clean development.

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