About The Webinar

In advance of COP 21 in Paris in 2015, South Africa submitted its (Intended) Nationally Determined Contribution ((I)NDC) to the UNFCCC, which identifies South Africa’s intention that emissions should follow a Peak Plateau and Decline (PPD) trajectory, peaking in 2025, plateauing for approximately a decade before an absolute decline by 2050. In September 2020, the Cabinet approved the establishment of the Presidential Climate Change Commission (PCCC), which held its first meeting in February 2021.

​​​​​​​SACAN and Greenpeace Africa bring together a webinar to look at where we stand as parties of the UNFCCC’s COP submit their revised commitments to reversing anthropogenic climate change. We will have panellists to give perspectives from parties around the globe who have already submitted their revised NDC. Then we will take a glance at South Africa’s revised draft NDC that was released on the 31st of March 2021 and the stakeholder engagements are set to commence in April. Finally, civil society has done its own analysis of what is required by South Africa to remain on target.

  • Claire Stockwell
    Climate Action Tracker- Senior Climate Policy Analyst
    Claire Stockwell is a Senior Climate Policy Analyst with Climate Analytics, one of the two organisations behind the Climate Action Tracker. Her work focuses on the CAT’s country analysis and its climate governance series. Prior to joining Climate Analytics, Claire worked as a consultant. She has many years of experience in climate law and policy, including attending the climate negotiations for over a decade.
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  • John Wade-Smith
    Head of Climate Change and Energy - British High Commission South Africa
    John Wade-Smith is an experienced diplomat of over 30 years working experience with an international career that has had a strong African focus. Previously worked in development in Kenya, served as Deputy High Commissioner in Botswana and previously in South Africa from 2008-2012 leading climate and energy work for the British High Commission in the run up to COP 17 in Durban. After a 3-and-a-half-year spell, John returned to SA to be the regional lead for the UK’s science and innovation before setting up a new climate and energy team in Pretoria from 2019.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Mkhuthazi Steleki
    Departement of Fisheries Forestry and Enviroment Director Climate Change Development and International Mechanisms
    Mkhuthazi Steleki is the Director (Climate Change Development and International Mechanisms) under the Chief Directorate: International Climate Change Relations and Reporting. His responsibility includes coordinating South Africa’s position on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, and negotiation thereof. Regards negotiations on carbon markets, his role includes providing support in negotiations under International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and also International Maritime Organization (IMO). In addition, he covers analysis of implementation related decisions following from the COP(s) and facilitate implementation through relevant entities or sector departments. He has been involved from the beginning in terms of research and stakeholder consultations in the development of South Africa’s NDC including the update that South Africa is currently working on. Recently, his scope has been extended to incorporate the development of international reports such as Biennial Update Report (BUR), National Communication (NATCOM).

  • Thandile Chinyavanhu
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    GreenPeace Africa Climate and Energy Campaigner
    Thandile Chinyavanhu is a Climate and Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Africa. She was driven into the environmental sphere by a desire to ensure environmental regulatory compliance. She writes in her own capacity on topics including public health, energy access and climate adaptation. She aspires to amplify the message of the climate emergency and influence state actors to prioritise climate and social justice in economic redress.

  • Ndoni Mcunu
    Moderator
    Ndoni Mcunu is a climate scientist and social entrepreneur. She is the Bilateral Engagement Lead for the Adaptation Research Alliance at South South North. This project is part of the UK COP26 Presidency Adaptation & Resilience campaign, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office where they are working with partners to co-develop an international Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) for launch at COP26.  She’s currently pursuing her PhD in climate change and agriculture at the Global Change Institute at Witwatersrand University, South Africa. Ndoni researches food systems, international policy and the impacts of climate change in Brazil, China and India. Ndoni works closely with Greenpeace International and Greenpeace Africa, she recently co-authored in the Greenpeace International and Africa report on “Extreme weather events and climate change in Africa”. Ndoni is also the founder and chief executive officer of Black Women in Science (BWIS), a non-profit organization which aims to deliver capacity development interventions that target young black women scientists and researchers. Ndoni serves as part of the working group for the “Save Our future”, #SaveOurFuture, a global campaign to protect and reimagine education in a post-COVID world.

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  • Claire Stockwell

    Climate Action Tracker- Senior Climate Policy Analyst

  • John Wade-Smith

    Head of Climate Change and Energy - British High Commission South Africa

  • Mkhuthazi Steleki

    Departement of Fisheries Forestry and Enviroment Director Climate Change Development and International Mechanisms

  • Thandile Chinyavanhu

    GreenPeace Africa Climate and Energy Campaigner

  • Ndoni Mcunu

    Climate scientist and social entrepreneur

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