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The Agreement of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakesh: Challenges and Opportunities for Southern Africa

Die Ergebnisse der UN Klimakonferenz in Marroko (COP22): Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten für das südliche Afrika

The Roundtable discussion will reflect on the COP22 Marrakesh Agreement and particularly what it will mean for Southern Africa. Moreover, it will emphasize the role of the media in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) annual conference drew to a close in Marrakech, Morocco, on Friday 18 November, capping two weeks of talks aimed at implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change. While the first week largely involved technical talks, the second week of the Twenty-Second Conference of the Parties (COP22) brought together ministers and government leaders for a series of “high-level” meetings tar-geting key decisions and further cementing the political momentum behind the global accord. This year’s conference was not only driven by the momentum that governments, but also science and business need to foster global action of all types at all levels. At the same time the news of Donald Trump’s election as the next US president fuelled concerns over whether one of the world’s top emitters might stop being an active player in global climate efforts.


The aim of the Roundtable is to investigate in an interdisciplinary manner, what challenges and opportunities arise from the Paris agreement and the latest developments of COP22 and its outcomes. At the same time the group of experts will focus on the interplay between social responsibility of governments and what science, investment and the private sector can con-tribute to new development pathways in Africa. In the same light, the role of the media shall also be investigated.


This Roundtable is held in cooperation with the DROP Programme at Stellenbosch University and the newly established KAS Regional Programme for Climate Policy and Energy Security for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • HE Abdelkader Naji
    • Head of Mission Moroccan Embassy to South Africa
  • Peny Gasela
    • Department of Energy
  • Rejoice Ngwenya
    • COMALISO Zimbabwe
  • Abshalom Shigwedha
    • The Namibian
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Ruppel
    • KAS Climate Policy%Energy Security Programme


Das COP22-Abkommen: Auswirkungen und Möglichkeiten für Afrika: Klimawandel als Entwicklungs- und nicht Umweltthematik
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Gregor Jaecke

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HE Abdelkader Naji, Dr. Holger Dix, Dr. Oliver Ruppel KAS

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University of Stellenbosch Development and Rule of Law Programme (DROP)