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UN climate change convention opens in S.Africa's Durban

(Xinhua)

21:38, November 28, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) officially opened here on Monday.

A welcoming ceremony was held at the start of the meeting. Attending the ceremony were South African President Jacob Zuma, Secretary of Foreign Relations and COP 16/CMP 6 President Ms. Patricia Espinosa Castellano, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Vice President of Angola, representing SADC (Southern African Development Community), Mr. Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos and President of Chad, representing ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States), Mr Idriss Deby.

Zuma said "climate is a mater of life and death" and "Africa is more vulnerable". While Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, President to the COP17 and CMP7, said the Cancun Agreements must be "operationalized".

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane who is also South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation also said adaptation to climate change is an essential element of the outcome of COP17.

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