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United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Climate Change and Sustainable Development: The South African Experience. Presented by: C.A. Tham (South Africa) 15 – 16 0CTOBER 2008 NEW YORK. Outline of Presentation. Social Context and Background of South Africa.
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Presented by: C.A. Tham (South Africa)
15 – 16 0CTOBER 2008
“Everyone has the right –
(a). To an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing; and
(b). To have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that –
(i) prevent pollution and ecological degradation
(ii) promote conservation and
(iii) secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development”.
(i) To articulate South Africa’s vision for sustainable development
(ii) Specify strategic interventions in order to re-orientate South Africa’s development path in a more sustainable direction.
“South Africa aspires to be a sustainable, economically prosperous and self-reliant nation state that safeguards its democracy by meeting the fundamental human needs of its people, by managing its limited ecological resources responsibly for current and future generations, and by advancing efficient and effective integrated planning and governance through national, regional and global collaboration” (NFSD 2008)
Fundamental principles which relates to fundamental human rights as enshrined in the national Constitution:
(i). Extreme weather patterns
(ii). Rise in sea levels
(iii). Floods and droughts
(iv). Erosion of coastal shore lines
(v). Scarcity of water in the Western Cape area, etc.
A more ‘robust’ and legally binding framework on sustainable development must be investigated by the UN at the next earth summit. (Just like the IPCC in 1988 which later developed into a ‘Convention’ as UNFCCC).
Mr. C.A. Tham (MEnvDev)
KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs
Private Bag X9059
Tel: +27 33 355 9427
Fax: +27 33 355 9614
Cell: +27 82 886 4076
National Website: http//www.environment.gov.za
Provincial Website: http//agriculture.kzntl.gov.za
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”