Durban Climate Change Conference 2011: Analysis

Following the Conference held in South Africa earlier this month, the BBC has written a handy analysis of the outcomes and likely connotations of the summit.

A tense Conference (which had seen Canada widely criticised for its decision to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty) had been closed by South Africa’s International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, declaring:

“We came here with plan A, and we have concluded this meeting with plan A to save one planet for the future of our children and our grandchildren to come,” she said.

“We have made history.”

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, described the outcome of the Conference as “a coup” and “a moment of glory for South Africa and Africa.”

However, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, head of the Africa Group, took a more moderate view:

“It’s a middle ground, we meet mid-way. Of course we are not completely happy about the outcome, it lacks balance, but we believe it is starting to go into the right direction.”

Click here to read the BBC’s review of the Conference.