South Africa is committed to sustainable and climate smart development, says Environmental Affairs minister Edna Molewa.
“South Africa’s short, medium and long-term vision is to contribute towards an environmentally sustainable, climate change resilient, low carbon economy and just society,” Molewa said at a recent BRICS meeting in China.
The National Development Plan (NDP) is South Africa’s blueprint to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.
Molewa said the plan, which contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, is something that acutely highlights the “scale and ambition of the new universal climate agenda”.
“They [SDGs] are integrated and indivisible, and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental dimensions,” she said.