The UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) in held Cancun, Mexico, has just ended – and environmentalists are already turning their attention to next year’s conference, which will take place on South African shores. COP17 will be held in the city of Durban a coastal city vulnerable to the threat of rising sea levels caused by climate change. Any shipping agency Durban will be aware of the damaging effects that rising sea levels and flooding could have on the port city, where the subtropical climate will also lead to higher temperatures and increased rainfall as climate change progresses.
The South African cities Cape Town and Durban went head to head in the bid to host the 17th UN Climate Change Conference. However, Durban’s impressive International Convention Centre (ICC) gave the city the winning edge and it is here that the conference will be held later this year.betweene 30 000 and 40 000 delegates are expected to attend the conference and guests will include various government officials, business leaders and of course environmental activists.
Activists derided the 2010 Climate Change Conference for failing to produce satisfactory results and binding treaties aimed at combating climate change. However, officials say the COP17 agenda promises to be “bigger and better” with a focus on hot topics, like securing a climate change deal before the Kyoto Protocol expires.
Following the success of the soccer World Cup held in South Africa in 2010, Durban mayor Obed Mlaba is confident that the city will have no trouble hosting the 2011 Global Climate Change Conference. Many an air freight Durban will already be gearing up for the flood of international visitors. The city will also host the 123rd International Olympic Committee session early in 2011, with hopes of being selected to host the 2010 Olympic Games.
Durban was part of South Africa’s government delegation from South Africa attending this year’s Climate Change Conference, and many local environmentalists are proud to say that South Africa’s hottest city will soon provide a discussion forum for the world’s hottest environmental topic.
For more information regarding the COP17-CMP7 conference please visit the official website COP17 Durban