Past event

Research Event

South Africa's Policy Responses to Climate Change: Pressure and Potential

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme

Event documents

Meeting Summary: South Africa's Response to Climate Change: Pressure and Potential
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Ambassador Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, Deputy Director General, Multilateral, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa


It is predicted that as a result of climate change South Africa will experience significant warming both of its coastal and interior regions, significant changes in rainfall patterns with attendant changes in water availability, and related impacts on farming, food production, biodiversity and health. Following this, South Africa, like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, is under pressure to implement measures for adaptation and to move towards low carbon technology.

At this roundtable Ambassador Mxakato-Diseko will discuss South Africa's policy responses to climate change, including on encouraging investment in renewable energy.