Jo Leinen (S&D, DE), Chair of the EU Parliament delegation to the summit (COP 17), recently said that though the agreement reached at UN climate talks in Durban is a breakthrough, it must be followed by firm action.“The EU deserves credit for drawing up a roadmap for all nations to respond to their relative responsibilities”, he added.
He said that the successful talks must now lead to effective action.“There is still a great gap between the emission-reduction measures that have been promised and those that are needed. If an international deal will only take effect in 2020, the agreed target to limit warming to two degrees will be in serious danger.”
Likewise, Karl-Heinz Florenz (EPP, DE), Vice-Chair of the EU Parliament delegation, added that “the EU’s climate diplomacy has worked. The world has changed and it is right to define developing and developed countries according to the new realities. I welcome that China has shown it wants to take on new responsibilities and play a new role in the world. We all need to intensify our efforts because much remains to be done.”
Source: The European Parliament