The Road to Copenhagen: Outcomes from the G8 and the Major Economies Meeting
Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South African Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism
This is an Energy, Environment and Development Programme and Africa Programme briefing on the G8/MEM meeting.
Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk is a lawyer and political scientist by training. He has served as a Member of the National Parliament since 1990. Before assuming the role of South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in 2004, he was at the helm of the Western Cape Province in his role as Premier. Under the leadership of Minister van Schalkwyk, South Africa recently assumed the Presidency of AMCEN (African Ministerial Conference on the Environment) for the next two years. He has participated in all G20 Gleneagles Dialogues since their inception in 2005. He is the South African President's personal representative to the Major Economies Meetings and plays an active role in UN climate negotiations. Minister van Schalkwyk will be attending the G8/MEM meeting in Hokkaido, Japan, on 9 July and is therefore ideally positioned to reflect on the outcomes of the G8 and MEM as well as the implications for the next 18 months countdown to Copenhagen.
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