National advocacy is at the core of SACAN’s activities, and the network approaches this challenge in a number of ways. SACAN seeks to maintain a positive interaction with the South African government on climate change issues both directly and through the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC). SACAN has been represented on the NCCC since 2000, and members have volunteered to participate in the working groups on greenhouse gas emissions, technology transfer and capacity building. Network members actively engage with policy issues and have made various contributions to policy documents.
In addition to interacting with the South African government, SACAN and its members provide information materials on climate change issues from research to briefing documents, fliers and posters, with the aim of creating awareness and stimulating debate on climate change issues.
SACAN is also active at an international level through the global CAN, providing support for relevant campaigns, developing position papers and participating in international debates. SACAN members also participate in the yearly Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which is an important event for international advocacy work and networking.
At COPs SACAN has engaged not only with the South African delegation, but also with the Africa Group within the G77 & China.
SACAN and the COP Process
SACAN supports a multilateral approach to addressing climate change under the UNFCCC. This includes addressing climate change through the measures outlined in the Kyoto Protocol and an equitable approach to future commitments under the Convention.
SACAN participates in the UNFCCC COPs and Subsidiary Body meetings as an observer organisation and through the international CAN. SACAN usually also sends a member to serve on the South African national delegation so as to influence South Africa's national position. In addition, SACAN produces a newsletter for the international negotiations and COPs called the 'South African Voices for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action' – popularly known as 'Voices'.
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