COP17/CMP7 media workshops

11 November 2011 | Uncategorized

Pretoria, 26 October 2011 and Durban, 28 October 2011
–  South African and South Africa-based journalists gathered at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria on 26 October 2011 for a media workshop to prepare them for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 17thConference of Parties (COP 17), to be held in Durban from 28 December to 9 December 2011.

The workshop was organised by the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria in collaboration with the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa. It aimed to provide journalists with an update on the status of the negotiations and a better understanding of the complex issues around climate change.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) briefed journalists about the current status of negotiations, and answered a series of questions, including about the future of the Kyoto Protocol.  Ambassador NJ Mxakato-Diseko, Ambassador at Large for COP17/CMP7, elaborated also on the negotiations and the status of the COP preparations from the perspective of the COP presidency.  John Hay, Media Relations Officer of the UNFCCC, gave a detailed look at how to cover COP 17, including technical and logistical arrangements for the press.

The afternoon sessions provided insights into a variety of topics such as gender and climate change, deforestation and the green economy, presented by UN speakers from the UN Development Programme, the UN Environment Programme and the World Bank.

On 28 October 2011, the workshop was duplicated in Durban. Advocate Sabelo Maqungo, Chief Director of the East African region for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, provided an update on the status of negotiations from the perspective of the COP presidency.

Below are information material and presentations made available at the workshop, including Christiana Figueres’ statement to the workshop on 26 October; a recent interview/Q&A by Christiana Figueres (feel free to use it in its entirety or parts of it); the media kit; presentations by UN speakers; useful online and audio-visual resources on climate change, etc.

Materials and presentations from the workshops


Dr. Agostinho Zacarias, Resident Coordinator, United Nations South Africa

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Achim Halpaap, Associate Director, Training Department, Head, Environment Unit, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

  • Presentations on UN CC:Learn – One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change

John Hay, Media Relations Officer, UNFCCC

Sarwat Hussain, Senior Communications Officer and Hub Leader, Africa Region Strategic Communications (AFRSC), The World Bank – South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland

Sabelo Sivuyile MaqungoDepartment of International Relations and Cooperation, Speaker for the COP17 Presidency in Durban

Ambassador NJ Mxakato-Diseko, Ambassador at Large, COP 17/CMP 7, Department of International Relations and Cooperation South Africa

Nick Nuttall, Acting Communications Director and Spokesperson, United Nations Environment Programme)

Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist, Rural and Sustainable Development, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, Poverty Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme, Brasilia

Jessica Troni, Regional Technical Advisor, Climate Change Adaptation, East & Southern Africa Regional Coordination Unit, United Nations Development Programme

Other UN Information Material:

From the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)