The South African who heads Greenpeace's international office says his homeland will bring moral authority to its role hosting this year's climate change conference.
The conference will be the first in Africa, the continent seen as hardest hit by the droughts and floods associated with climate change. Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo told reporters Friday that gives South Africa "moral persuasive power."
Naidoo says Greenpeace will be pushing for progress on issues of particular concern to Africa, including saving forests and getting rich nations to give poor nations cash to adopt green technologies.
Greenpeace also hopes for progress on a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Kyoto provisions capping greenhouse gas emissions by industrial countries expire in 2012.