The C17 organised a march on the streets of Durban by members of civil society organisations and movements. The march was done on the 03rd December 2011, a Global Day of Action on Climate Justice. South African and international media gave global coverage of the march at global and national levels. Media reports reported that the march had almost 6000 participants marching together on the streets of Durban. Participants were from all provinces of South Africa, various countries of Africa and from other parts of the world. Mr. Pablo Solon (the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations) Mr. Salon and Mr. Zwelinzima Vavi (General Secretary of the South African Congress of Trade Unions, COSATU) presented the civil society documents to UNFCCC COP 17/ CMP 7 negotiators. They presented four civil society statements to the UNFCCC COP17 / CMP 7 President, Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, DIRCO) and to Mrs. Christiana Figueres (UNFCCC Executive Secretary).
The Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA) was represented by Simon Vilakazi at the Civil Society Committee on UNFCCC COP 17 / CMP 7 from January 2011 to the 24th April 2012. The role of EJN’s representative at the C17 has been on the Education and Mobilisation Sub-committee and on other tasks that had to be done in the preparation of civil society activities on negotiations of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, held in Durban, South Africa from the 28th November – 11th December 2011.