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Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to be nominated President-Designate of COP 17/CMP 7

May 31, 2011

Great news for all climate feminists out there! We have yet another addition to the amazing line-up for woman leaders following the likes of Ms Connie Hedegaard (President of COP15, Copenhagen Denmark) and Ms. Patricia Espinosa (President of COP16/CMP6, Cancun Mexico).

Currently the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is to be nominated President-Designate of the COP17/CMP7 negotiations in Durban, South Africa this year.

Her name will go down in history as Durban looks set to be a negotiations fraught with immense challenges, where governments will have to bothstrengthen the international conditions that will allow nations to work together to make deeper global emission cuts (including the question of deciding the future of the Kyoto Protocol) and to agree on the effective designs of the new climate institutions that will provide adequate and efficient climate support to developing countries (this includes the Green Climate Fund, Technology Mechanism and establishing the Adaptation Committee).

More about Ms Nkoana-Mashabane here.

More about the UNFCCC
With 195 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 193 of the UNFCCC Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

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