Events The Road to 2020

Time: September 7, 2018 15:30
Location: Reception Hall, Main Building, Tsinghua University
Speaker: Dr. Bomo Edith Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa


Climate Change is one of the most pressing challenges of the modern century, with its widespread impacts disproportionately affecting countries with low levels of development. As nations of the world gear up for the official implementation of the Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change, there is a need to address the manner in which the developing countries make a fair contribution to the global effort to combat climate change, whilst simultaneously tackling poverty, inequality and the legacy of under-development. In this regard, it is generally accepted that the transition to the low-carbon, inclusive, climate change resilient future should be done in a manner that simultaneously addresses the development objectives of emerging economies; essentially the sustainable development/low carbon growth path nexus. Combating climate change requires bold action and participation by all, which can only be achieved by means of multilateralism. South Africa, like China, remains committed to playing its part in the global climate change effort through sound domestic policies, programs and actions, and in the international arena through cooperation and dialogue- under the broad-based legitimacy of the UNFCCC.

Dr. Bomo Edith Edna Molewa is the Minister of Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa. She has had a diverse portfolio of political experience. In the 80s-90s, she was the MEC of various divisions under the North West Provincial Government. In the 21st Century, Dr. Molewa became the first female Premier of the North West Provincial Government, later moved to be appointed the Minister of Environmental Affairs after two other career moves. Dr. Molewa has dedicated herself to the development of sustainable development. She has contributed greatly to this cause both in South Africa and globally. As the representative of South Africa, Dr. Molewa proactively communicated and negotiated with representatives of other countries in UN Climate Change Conferences. In 2016, she signed the Paris Agreement on behalf of the South Africa government. Dr. Molewa holds an honorary Doctoris Technologiae in Applied Science from Vaal University of Technology.