Media Advisory: Consultative Dialogue on Women and Climate Change

Pretoria- A consultative dialogue on women and climate change preparing for the Climate Change negotiations (COP 17/COMP7) is to be held on Monday, 08 August 2011 at the Ranch Resort, Protea Hotel, Polokwane.

The consultative dialogue is organised under the theme “the impact of climate change on women preparing for COP17 and beyond”. The dialogue is hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; Environmental Affairs; Women, Children & Persons with Disabilities.

The dialogue forms part of national women's month celebration and is a build up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate’s 17th Conference of Parties (COP17/COMP7) taking place in Durban between the 28th November 2011 and the 9th December 2011.

The dialogue will be addressed on Monday the 8th by the Incoming COP17/CMP7 President: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana–Mashabane as well as the Leader of the South African Delegation to the conference: Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa. Other Ministerial addresses will be delivered by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga; Minister of Women, Childern & Persons with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana and Minister of Energy; Dipuo Peters.

South Africa has a key role to play in addressing women and climate change, through enhancing the voices of African women in climate change negotiations, mainstreaming gender perspectives in national policies, plans and other measures related to sustainable development and climate change.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Monday, 08 August 2011

Time:  09:00- 12:30

Venue: The Ranch Resort, Protea Hotel, Polokwane

For media RSVP’s contact:
Nthabiseng Ramatshela, DIRCO on 082 675 0893 /;
Lucky Sindane, Environmental Affairs,

Media programme

09h00 – 09h10
Welcome: Ms Maite Marutha, Acting Convenor Progressive Woman’s Movement

Opening Remarks: Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (As the incoming President of COP17/CMP7)

09h30 – 09h45
Ms Baleka Mbete, Progressive Women’s Movement Strengthening the Voice of Grassroots Women: Reflections on the Outcome of the National Summit

Minister Angie Motshekga: Minister of Basic Education

Minister Edna Molewa: The Impact of Climate Change on Women in South Africa: Counting the Cost (Head of South African delegation)

Madam Koite: President: Pan African Woman’s Organisation

Minister Lulu Xingwana; Department of Women, Children & Persons with Disabilities:
Strengthening existing systems that address gender inequalities to support gender mainstreaming into climate change policies

Minister Dipuo Peters; Minister of Energy: Women in Energy

Dr Zacharius Agostinho: UNDP Regional Resident Co-ordinator

End of Media Programme

For media queries contact:
Albi Modise on 083 490 2871

Issued by Department of International Relations and Cooperation

460 Soutpansberg Road

4 August 2011

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