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South Africa supports multilateral efforts to arrest climate change

(Xinhua)

10:55, November 30, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- South Africa supports all multilateral efforts to arrest the increase in temperatures, Minister of Water and Environment Affairs Edna Molewa said on Tuesday.

"The South African government is alive to the fact that we must all work together as be part of the international quest that seeks to address climate change at a multilateral structure like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), " he said on the sidelines of the UN climate conference which began in Durban on Monday.

The summit, which runs until December 9, is aimed at getting countries to agree to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep any rise in global average temperature to below 2° C, to prevent catastrophic climate changes later this century.

"The science is clear that action to address the causes and impacts of climate change by a single country or small group of countries will not be successful, hence we support all the efforts that promote multilateral efforts to arrest this increase in temperatures."

She also stressed the role private sector should play in ensuring that the drive towards a low-carbon economy recognizes private sector as an integral part of the attainment of that dispensation.

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