South Africa and the European Commission reaffirm shared commitment to address climate change challenge

The partners confirmed that environment and climate change remained a priority area for bilateral cooperation, as outlined in the South Africa-European Union (EU)Strategic Partnership of 2007 and agreed to enhance their dialogue in these areas, notably covering the Green and Ocean Economy in the context of the SA-EU Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development.

The South African Government and the European Commission recently discussed the pressing issue of climate change and stressed the importance of intensifying urgent actions to address the challenge at international, regional, national and grassroots levels.

Edna Molewa, South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission for the Energy Union, met to discuss cooperation on climate change.

The Vice-President and the Minister’s delegation also visited the Khangezile School in Springs near Johannesburg to see first hand a practical example of South Africa-EU cooperation with regard to the application of green technologies in community centres.

Minister Molewa conveyed the South African Government’s appreciation to the EU for its ongoing support to a number of environmental projects in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa and – commenting on the Khangezile School initiative – commended in particular its strong focus on enhancing public awareness of the climate change challenge and on the important role of women and youth.