South Africa Pushing for Sustainable Development

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Through the National Development Plan: Vision 2030, South Africa shows it is committed to attain sustainable and climate smart development, said Environmental Affairs Minister Dr. Edna Molewa.

The National Development Plan (NDP) is South Africa’s blueprint to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. The plan, Minister Molewa said, contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, something that acutely highlights the ‘scale and ambition of the new universal climate agenda’.

The policy represents South Africa’s vision for an effective climate change response, and the long-term transition to a climate resilient and lower carbon economy and society.

Minister Molewa made the statement at the recent third BRICS meeting of Ministers of Environment in Tianjin, China.

The ministers’ meeting was an opportunity to deliberate on the implementation, financing and creation of an enabling environment for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and emerging global environmental issues.

At the gathering emphasis was placed on the importance of the means of implementation of the SDGs, and the continued financial assistance for developing countries through Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The ministerial meeting also discussed the issue of drought and desertification, and continued commitment to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to mitigate the effects of drought in vulnerable countries, particularly in Africa.

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