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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of 21st century diplomacy and international governance. Given the many different stakeholders and communities who have roles to play, it is a contemporary challenge with regard to its demand on interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and languages, and the personal capacities needed to combine these so as to make diplomatic sense and success.
Many governments face the triple challenge of reducing environmental risks, while fostering economic growth and reducing poverty. Green fiscal reform (GFR) as a policy approach can improve fiscal consolidation, spur innovation, and help identify smarter ways for government taxation and spending.
Our future depends heavily on humanity's ability to provide sustainable energy for all. 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity and 2.7 billion people lack access to clean and healthy cooking facilities.
To strengthen policy coordination and help deepen engagement on the part of academic institutions, civil society and the private sector in the area of green economy, South Africa is implementing a national programme supported by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).