The UN Climate Change Conference in Durban is taking place from November 28 to December 9
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 28 November 2011 – The UN Climate Change Conference in Durban is taking place from November 28 to December 9, 2011. This event will bring together representatives from the world’s governments, international organizations and civil society.
Since the UNFCCC entered into force in 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC have been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change. The COP adopts decisions and resolutions, published in its reports. Successive decisions taken by the COP make up a detailed set of rules for practical and effective implementation of the Convention. The COP serves as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which also adopts decisions and resolutions on the implementation of its provisions. The office of the Conference President rotates annually between the five UN regional groups.
Mexico held the event in 2010 and the African Group is now the proud host of the Conference. Discussions during this conference will seek to advance the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, building upon agreements of previous years, such as those at Bali in 2007 and Cancun in December 2010.Almost 15,000 people representing 194 countries are expected to attend.
It is hoped that the result of this conference will be a legally-binding international agreement on climate change which sets the framework for international action beyond the end of the Kyoto commitment period in 2012. As a side event for this year's gathering, UNICEF along with the South African Red Cross and other partners, such as educational institutions, will host a pavilion focused on ‘Building resilience in Africa – innovative approaches to reducing risk and building sustainable livelihoods’.
During this forum panellists will discuss climate related disaster trends, with specific focus on Africa. The thematic emphasis for the event will center on the current understanding of disaster impacts on lives and livelihood's, particularly with regard to food and nutrition security. A second theme will be to showcase the latest strategies, research and innovations in disaster risk management and resilience building, drawing from local, as well as global experiences and seeking to identify best practices for the implementation of relief, recovery and resilience efforts.
For more information please contact:
Arild Drivdal, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: email@example.com