Hon member, through the hon Deputy Speaker, certain hon members of this august House, including members from your esteemed party, participated in full in these processes as a build-up towards South Africa hosting this very historic Cop 17/Mop 7. It is going to take the leadership of this House to make sure that South Africa lives up to the commitments it is making.
Secondly, before South Africa's hosting of Cop 17, this House adopted a Green Paper that was presented here by the hon Minister Molewa and was thoroughly discussed. Lastly, it is the responsibility of the global leadership to make sure that we protect our environment together.
What did the South African government do prior to the hosting of Cop 17? There was a civil society entity known as C17, the Civil Society Committee for Cop 17. It was in this country, in Durban, where civil society had full participation, including a massive demonstration and a march, where I received a memorandum. Civil society was allowed to participate in full in these processes. Civil society was also fully represented in the main plenary hall, including the representatives of women, youth and broader civil society, as well as those who represented believers from all sectors of our community. So, there was full participation of all South Africans from all walks of life.
What remains a historical responsibility is the role of the developed, industrialised countries. They have had 100 years of unfettered development and industrialisation, which led to the crisis that we are facing today. However, finger-pointing cannot lead us to the new destiny that we all aspire to. Developing countries are also committed to doing their bit through adaptation. So, it is going to take global leadership for us to make sure that we implement what we have agreed on. The role of South Africa was to make sure that we delivered an outcome that took the processes of negotiations under the UNFCCC forward - and we delivered just that.