Zuma discusses climate change

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has highlighted the need for developed countries to come up with a strong financing package for both mitigation and adaptation during the upcoming United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Zuma said this during a video-conference convened by the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Tuesday night to discuss the upcoming climate change talks.

Other participants included UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Ethopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Zuma also urged developed nations to take on deep emission reductions in line with what is required by science.

He supported the essential elements of the African position in the negotiations, namely deep emission cuts by developed countries, the need for adaptation to have the same priority as mitigation and the need for a substantial financing package to support developing country in mitigation and adaptation action.