What is COP17?

COP17 is the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, happening in Durban from 28 November to 9 December 2011. 

The overall goal is decisive action on climate change. The planet needs a global deal that would commit countries to cutting their carbon emissions, stopping catastrophic climate change.

It is the first COP to be held in Africa, and will see approximately 15 000 delegates from over 190 countries arriving on our shores.

We are calling for the conference delegates to "Listen to the people, not the polluters" in their negotiations this year.


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Durban Climate Talks: SA Must Show Leadership

Feature story | November 27, 2011 at 12:14

On the eve of the latest round of climate talks in Durban, Greenpeace declares that it is time for our Governments to listen to the people, and not the polluters.

Who’s holding us back

Image gallery | November 23, 2011

Who’s holding us back

Image gallery | November 23, 2011

Who’s holding us back

Image gallery | November 23, 2011

‘Polluticians’ Occupying the Climate

Feature story | November 22, 2011 at 13:39

Our latest report, entitled ‘Who’s Holding us Back?’, reveals how a handful of major corporations are adversely influencing governments, and polluting the political process on climate legislation.

The Greenpeace Africa Solar Tent: The Eco-Activity Portal for COP17

Blog entry by Monica Davies | November 22, 2011

Map of where to find our Solar Tent. With COP17 being held on African soil for the first time this year, Greenpeace Africa will be filling the Durban beach front with an extensive range of green activities, open for public...

The Future Of The Forests in Poetry competition closes with great success

Blog entry by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule | November 18, 2011

Children of the village of Bamande work hard in the forest carrying heavy planks of wood. © Jan-Joseph Stok / Greenpeace The The Future of Forests in Poetry contest organized by Greenpeace Africa in Democratic...

The Wind-Chime Project: Let The Wind Power Your Voice

Blog entry by Mike Baillie and Monica Davies | November 17, 2011

Although the wind is a powerful source of renewable energy, actually showing that power can be tricky at times. Luckily, hearing the wind is a different story altogether, and what better way to hear the wind’s power, than by...

Panama Climate Talks: The Pressure is On For COP17 and South Africa

Blog entry by Ferrial Adam | October 10, 2011

The UNFCCC talks in Panama ended on Friday 07 October 2011. The talks did not deliver any major surprises as was expected for this very-low-expectations-technical-meeting. An outcome of Panama is that we now have a draft text that...

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