SA could be part of a global collective strategy to retire coal within developing economies

SA, together with India, South Korea and Australia, will be a guest at the G7 Leaders’ Summit this week. It serves as an occasion for SA to establish a more assertive climate diplomacy at the centre of its international relations strategy. Climate diplomacy is a tool for transforming SA’s energy economy, advancing its economic interests and energy security, while also championing the continent’s developmental priorities.

The G7 summit in Cornwall takes place amid an unprecedented global pandemic, compounded by the climate emergency and rising geopolitical rivalries. Unsurprisingly, the UK has made the global response to Covid-19 and climate change the main priorities of its G7 presidency. Both issues are highly political.

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