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he conference in Durban presents us withan opportunity to shape the future globalresponse to climate change. I have foundthe number of principles that haveformed the basis of climate change negotiations overthe years instructive to guide a credible response to thischallenge. Although Parties have different positions on theelements on which agreement might be possible in Durban, any outcome in Durban must remain true to these principles. I therefore encourage you, as Ministers responsible for climate change, toapply these principles in your discussions and toensure that the outcome in Durban is faithful to theseprinciples. These include the principles of multilateralism,environmental integrity, common but differentiatedresponsibility and respective capabilities, equity, andhonouring of all international commitments andundertakings made in the climate change process.The strengthening and preservation of the multilateralresponse to climate change is paramount. Climatechange is a global problem that needs a global solutionand the concerns of all Parties must be heard andaddressed. Parties have always maintained that the multilateralrules-based system must prevail as without it there canbe no guarantee that countries will do what they havecommitted to do and all the gains made over decadeswill be lost. It is only through the preservation of the multilateralrules-based system that markets can be secured.Funding is essential to developing countries andwithout multilateral commitments to provide adequateand sustainable funding, developing countries wouldbe even more seriously affected. Furthermore, anyoutcome in Durban has to be adequate enough torespond to the principle of environmental integrity. A less ambitious outcome that would not address theurgent needs of those seriously affected by climatechange and that fall short of allowing futuregenerations the opportunity to grow and to live in asecure environment in which to pursue their owndestinies, would simply not be acceptable. More so since the Durban Conference is taking placeon the African continent, which is particularlyvulnerable to the impact of climate change. In thiscontext the low level of ambition is a serious concern. There is a growing realisation among developed anddeveloping counties alike that there is a gap betweenthe current level of emission reduction targets and thelevels required by science. It is, therefore, my hopethat our discussions here will produce creative ideas onhow Parties can raise their levels of ambition in amanner that would take the process forward.The principle of equity, currently expressed throughthe Convention principle of common but differentiatedresponsibilities and respective capabilities, isespecially pertinent for a fair and credible response. Climate change is the most pressing sustainabledevelopment challenge of our time. The principle ofequity must be addressed in the context of sustainabledevelopment. Similarly, an agreement that does not address thenecessary means of implementation - finance,WELCOME014THE NEW ECONOMYAS SOUTH AFRICA WELCOMES THE DELEGATES OF THE UNITED NATIONSCLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE - COP17 AND CMP7 IN DURBAN -PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMACALLS ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITYAND THE PARTIES TO HONOUR THE COMMITMENTS AND UNDERTAKINGSMADE UNDER THE CLIMATE CHANGE PROCESST

technology and capacity-building - will not beequitable. All Parties based on common butdifferentiated responsibility and respectivecapabilities, will have to do more to reach our agreedlong-term global goal of limiting average temperatureincrease to below 2 degrees Celsius.I call on the international community to honour theinternational commitments and undertakings madeunder the climate change process and not to shy awayfrom these decisions. All Parties need to provide leadership towards thefuture not only based on self-interest, but also guidedby the common good. nThese remarks by Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic ofSouth Africa, are excerpted from the President's address tothe Informal Ministerial Consultations on COP 17 at the O.R.Tambo Building in Tshwane on 9 September 2011. Source:The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa." "ALL PARTIESNEED TO PROVIDELEADERSHIP TOWARDS THE FUTURE NOT ONLY BASED ON SELF-INTEREST,BUT ALSO GUIDED BY THECOMMON GOODTHE NEW ECONOMY015Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe