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Draft Declaration Shelved Due to Lack of Consultation

African Environment Ministers meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change conference on Monday declined to adopt a draft declaration on how to deal with the effects of climate change, after it emerged that not all stakeholders had been consulted. South Africa's Environment Minister Edna Molewa was the first to raise concerns over the draft document titled: “the 3S Action Plan for Africa” indicating that the conveners had overlooked the participation of several African countries as well the African Union and NEPAD, who are crucial partners to its implementation. Molewa cautioned that if adopted in its current form, environment ministers risked overstepping their mandate.

Sami Haidar

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