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ENERGY 2050 in Durban
November 28th
to December 9,2011
for the 17th Climate Conference

ENERGIES 2050 participated in the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban, South Africa. Initially scheduled to last from 28 November to 9 December 2011, the Conference finally ended on 11 December at 6.20 am with an extension of more than 30 hours.

See the Convention website

See the official website of the host country of the Conference

Stéphane POUFFARY attended the second week of the Conference. The interventions and analyzes he carried out on behalf of ENERGIES 2050 between December 2 and 11, 2011 were taken up in several media (newspapers, websites, national and international television).

This page therefore has two objectives. On the one hand, it is a question of sharing the contribution of ENERGIES 2050 to the Durban Conference and, on the other hand, it is a question of analyzing in substance and in form the decisions taken during this Conference .


The climate issue is at the heart of the issues and challenges facing our societies and the Durban Conference will have made it very clear to those who might have forgotten it or want to minimize its consequences. Reality for those who are already suffering the consequences of it in a very concrete and often brutal way or simple economic and political stake for the others, it nevertheless remains that our future will depend on the capacity of our societies to put in place an equitable system capable of containing the average rise in temperatures below 2 ° C.

The Durban Conference will be a failure for some, or a success for others. It will be remembered as a testimony to the difficulty for our governments to overcome their own interests in the service of a worldview where fairness and justice would rhyme with shared development in the context of a controlled climatic trajectory.

Although everyone agrees that Durban is only one step in the implementation of an ambitious international climate policy, it is clear that the weaknesses of the commitments made for this first Conference of the Parties organized on African soil will mark our contemporary history. Durban will remain an embarrassing witness of the inability of our governments to respond in solidarity and in a spirit of shared but differentiated responsibility to the urgencies that call for immediate action.

Articles and dispatches

ENERGIES 2050 contributed to the follow-up of the negotiations on behalf of the Institute of Energy and Environment of La Francophonie (IEPF), a subsidiary body of the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). In this capacity, we participated in the animation of the portal “Climate Change” of the Francophone Global Information System for Sustainable Development Médiaterre (access to the Francophonie Program of Activities in Durban)

Médiaterre is the Francophone Global Information System for Sustainable Development. It is an international network with 27 thematic, geographical or sustainable information portals. In 2010, Médiaterre has 2,500 topical news stories, 2 million pages viewed each month, 5,000 visitors per day from 108 countries and a referencing in more than 12,000 sites. Médiaterre is managed by the IEP, subsidiary body of the OIF, in association with the International Center for Resources and Innovation for Sustainable Development (CIRIDD) (access to the Mediaterre site)

Access to the different dispatches written by ENERGIES 2050 on the Mediaterre site as part of CoP17

Durban COP17 – When is the culmination of a binding Kyoto?

Issues, Decisions and Decisions of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (COP 17)

This analytical article by Stéphane Pouffary, published in the January-February issue of the journal Afrique Environnement Plus, recalls the challenges and challenges posed by the issue of climate change and presents the expectations of the Conference held in Durban 28 November to 11 December 2011. The article highlights the specific challenges for African countries and, in general, for developing countries. Finally, he analyzes the main results of this Conference.


30/11/2011 – Interview Le Monde.fr included in the article “Africa remains on the margins of the negotiations”.

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3/12/2011 – TV5 Monde – Newspaper of 3 December 2011 – Durban stakes for Africa

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8/12 / 2011- Climate Change TV & Internet Broadcast – “Climate Change for who? For what? “– Interview & debate with participants at the Durban Conference and with real-time Internet users

9/12/2011– Interview SABC News “Morning Live” (South African Broadcasting Corporation Limited)

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