Joint Statement by the United States and South Africa Following the First Meeting of the Bilateral Working Group on Climate Change
Cape Town, South Africa
February 25, 2004
Following is the text of a joint statement released by the U.S. and South Africa following the first meeting of the Bilateral Working Group on Climate Change in Cape Town on February 25, 2004. Dr. Harlan Watson, U.S. Department of State Senior Climate Negotiator and Special Representative, led the U.S. delegation and Dr. Crispian Olver, Director General of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, led the South African delegation.
The governments of South Africa and the United States convened the first meeting of the Bilateral Working Group on Climate Change at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), in Cape Town on February 25, 2004. The meeting was conducted in response to the commitment by both governments to expand and intensify their existing bilateral efforts to address climate change.
Dr. Crispian Olver, Director General of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and Dr. Harlan Watson, U.S. Department of State Senior Climate Negotiator and Special Representative led the respective delegations. Also participating was Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, Under Secretary and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.
The South African team included representatives from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and South African Weather Services. The U.S. team included experts from the U.S. Department of Commerce-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State.
The two sides discussed activities in the seven areas that were identified in the 2003 U.S.-South Africa Joint Statement on Climate Change: renewable energy; energy efficiency; carbon sequestration; clean energy technology; impact assessment and adaptation options; carbon cycle monitoring; and, economic modeling. U.S. and South African representatives also discussed additional areas of integrated observation systems and data, air quality management, and coal-bed methane.
For each area, the South African and U.S. representatives reviewed ongoing cooperative activities, and explored potential new activities. Topics included joint projects as well as coordinated activities that are part of larger international programs:
South African and U.S. participants agreed that periodic meetings would help to ensure continued close cooperation in addressing climate change. The U.S. will host the next meeting of the Working Group.
Released on March 2, 2004