Rich in cultural diversity that includes African, Eastern and Western influences, Durban is also one of the friendliest and most soulful cities in South Africa. We’re laid back here, friendly and never bored, for there is always something to do here - even if sometimes that means doing very little and simply enjoying the beautiful scenery!


Durban has been blessed with a mild, sub-tropical climate with sunshine for an average of 320 days a year, making it one of the country’s top holiday destinations. It has a magnificent beachfront along the Indian Ocean and a strong surfing tradition. The promenade along the beach, which stretches for several kilometres, is always alive with walkers, joggers, cyclists, in line skaters, skateboarders and traders.


Boasting the biggest harbour in Southern Africa, Durban offers a great deal of entertainment on the waterfront as well as an eclectic selection of restaurants, bars, street markets, temples, museums, galleries, sports stadiums, gardens and shops in and around the city.


The iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, created for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, redefined the Durban landscape and is one of several architectural feats that set our great city apart, including the outstanding ICC, venue of COP17/CMP7.

A proud host of COP17/CMP7, Durban welcomes all delegates. May you have a wonderful time here, meet some of the extraordinary people of this city, sample the local cuisine, enjoy the many festivals and green events, and take home some of the unique art and Zulu crafts.


What is COP?

Since the UNFCCC entered into force in 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC have been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change.

  • The COP adopts decisions and resolutions, published in reports of the COP.  Successive decisions taken by the COP make up a detailed set of rules for practical and effective implementation of the Convention.

What is CMP?

  • The COP serves as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which also adopts decisions and resolutions on the implementation of its provisions.  
  • This annual meeting is referred to as the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).
  • However, Parties to the Convention that are not Parties to the Protocol are able to participate in the CMP as observers, but without the right to take decisions.

COP /CMP Presidency

  • The office of the Conference President rotates annually between the five United Nations (UN) regional groups.  Mexico held the COP 16 / CMP 6 in 2010 and is currently the COP/CMP President.
  • The African Group will be the next proud host of the Conference with COP 17 / CMP 7 taking place from 28 November to 9 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  Kenya held the Presidency of the Conference in 2006 with the COP 12 / CMP 12 in Nairobi.
  • Following the procedural rules of the Conference, it is customary for the COP and CMP to elect as President a minister from the host country.  The President of COP 17/CMP 7 is Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

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