The global economy is experiencing the highest levels of uncertainty in decades and the effects of climate change are wreaking social and environmental havoc, and counter intuitively perhaps, from these cinders could come great prosperity for Africa.
Concensus has been reached that a key implementation strategy to address global climate change, is to advance low carbon growth in developing countries like South Africa - a strategy which if successful will ignite and sustain economic growth through a burgeoning green economy.
The profile of Sustainability Week was raised in 2017, with the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum taking centre stage, attracting a record 31 mayoral delegations representing a critical mass of African countries.
The host, Councillor Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane opened the session, introduced the event and welcomed the delegations and, indeed, all participants. Speaker highlights in the morning session included the Hon Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Hon Mr Pravin Gorhdan, former Finance Minister, with Mr Gordhan sharing his thoughts on responsible leadership.
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