7.3 Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change (IGCCC)
Chapter 3 of the Constitution enjoins government agencies to operate in accordance with the principles of cooperative government and intergovernmental relations that it sets out. These include that:
“All spheres of government and all organs of state within each sphere must co?operate with one another in mutual trust and good faith by:
- fostering friendly relations;
- assisting and supporting one another;
- informing one another of, and consulting one another on, matters of common interest;
- co?ordinating their actions and legislation with one another;
- adhering to agreed procedures; and
- avoiding legal proceedings against one another."
Thus, the exchange of information, consultation, agreement, assistance and support are key features of cooperative government.
In order to operationalise cooperative governance in the area of climate change, the Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change (IGCCC) has been established to foster the exchange of information, consultation, agreement, assistance and support among the spheres of government with respect to climate change and government’s response to climate change.