Think of the UNFCCC process as a classroom full of kids. Every classroom contains subgroups that are bound together by shared interests and personalities. The kids who like certain sports tend to hang out together, the ones who are more academically orientated spend time together, some are bound together by the same hobbies and others prefer to be independent. Some are just plain strange. Individually, some stick to their groups, while others are more flexible and move across a number of groups. Think of the UNFCCC countries in the same way.
South Africa belongs to three main negotiating groups, namely the G77+China, the BASICs (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), and the Africa Group. For a quick explanation of what these groups are, what they stand for and where SA fits in, watch the following videos…
About the authorLaura Tyrer
Laura Tyrer is a climate-change activist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has an honours degree in philosophy, with a particular interest in environmental ethics. As a former journalist, Laura is seeking to highlight the broad spread of considerations that need to be taken into account in Africans climate change agenda.