South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, agreed to an ambitious deal in climate finance with leaders from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States at the 26th UN Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in November last year. Ramaphosa and his team had mostly done their homework ahead of the summit in Glasgow. In 2018, the president convened a Presidential Commission on Climate Change as an outcome of a Jobs Summit. The commission actively engaged stakeholders across the country in numerous meetings on aspects of a “just transition” as well as the consultation on South Africa’s Update of its Climate Change Plan from early 2021.
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