n South African Journal on Human Rights - Contesting climate injustice during COP17

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



Africans are the continental population most affected by, and least responsible for, the impacts of climate change. As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) prepared to descend on Durban for its 17th yearly Conference of the Parties (COP17) in late November 2011 many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social movements formulated positions around themes of justice in connection to Africa's situation and the political upheavals of 2011. Two developments within the convention importantly shaped those positions: the implementation of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), agreed during the previous COP as a means to 'scale up the provision of long-term financing for developing countries', and the question of binding commitments to reduce emissions after the (planned,but now averted) expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.

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