Climate Change and Trade: the Challenges for Southern Africa - Book Launch
Peter Draper, Trade Research Fellow, South African Institute of International Affairs
Ivan Mbirmi, Research Associate, South African Institute of International Affairs
The Copenhagen summit gave to the world a broad political agreement, but without any teeth. Meanwhile, concerns over the climate change agenda finding its way into the multilateral trading system are growing, at a time when the trading system is struggling to find its own feet. South Africa's economy, and by extension Southern Africa's economy, is based on resource production and to some extent beneficiation, in turn dependent on cheap energy. Its international visibility means that it may be in line for imposition of trade policy measures on its carbon-intensive exports.
The editors Peter Draper and Ivan Mbirmi will present the main findings and recommendations from their book, Climate Change and Trade: the Challenges for Southern Africa, published by Fanele. The book straddles several distinctive bodies of knowledge, notably trade policy and diplomacy, and environment policy and diplomacy, in order to shed light on these challenges from a Southern African perspective.
Attendance is by invitation only.