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Norway, SA sign declaration on climate change, energy

by Gabi Khumalo
on 19 Apr 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg have signed a joint declaration on climate change and issues relating to energy.

The declaration signed on Thursday follows a meeting between the Deputy President and Prime Minister Stoltenberg at the Union Buildings to strengthen bilateral political, economic and trade relations between two countries.

During the meeting, the countries exchanged views on global climate change, energy and activities related to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

The two countries also recognised the need for strengthening international cooperation and they outlined both countries' commitment to the Bali Road Map, which will see a comprehensive reduction in global emissions.

The declaration acknowledged the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities of the international response to climate change as set out in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol.

It recalled the existing cooperation between the two countries and stressed the importance of enhanced cooperation in meeting environmental challenges.

The inter-linkage between climate change, energy security and poverty alleviation was discussed and therefore stressed the importance of cooperation to ensure sustainable development, while addressing issues relating to climate change.

Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka said the relationship between the countries was excellent and the two were looking for stronger cooperation.

Prime Minister Stoltenberg said Norway was happy with the development in South Africa and was keen to develop economic ties with the country.

He said there is was a need to create a framework not to choose energy over environment.

"The technology of carbon capture and storage is the key to increased energy production, " said the Prime Minister adding that the two countries are to explore growth potential and how to develop cooperation.

The engagements between Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka and Mr Stoltenberg included among others an active expansion of economic ties and cooperation with emphasis on Asgisa and Jipsa, possibilities for cooperation on the continent, the reform of the United Nations (UN) and the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on gender, children, the vaccination of children, HIV and Aids as well as other infectious diseases.

The Prime Minister will also pay a courtesy call to former state President Nelson Mandela and hold discussions with the African National Congress President Jacob Zuma.

He is also expected to visit Soccer City Stadium as part of the "Greening 2010" project and the Apartheid Museum - BuaNews

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