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Friday, 25 May 2012

EU urges major economies to play ball on Climate Change

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been meeting in Bonn this week for the mid-year climate change talks. The EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, recalled that the EU is “almost the only player taking a second commitment period” under the Kyoto Protocol and keeping it alive. “Because we believe climate change needs to be addressed in a legally-binding international framework, we are willing to do this, even when other major economies are at present only willing to enter into voluntary commitments”, she stated.
However, she emphasised that the commitment and involvement of other major economies is also necessary. “The world cannot afford that a few want to backtrack from what was agreed in Durban only five months ago. Durban was - and is - a delicately balanced package where all elements must be delivered at the same pace. It is not a pick and choose menu”.
It is very worrisome that attempts to backtrack have been so obvious and time-consuming in the Bonn talks over the last two weeks. Regrettably, only procedure, no substance was discussed.

Source: European Commission

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