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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

COP19: Lithuania spoke in favour of sustainable climate policy on behalf of the EU

The Minister of Environment of Lithuania participated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, where experts from 190 countries have been discussing climate change issues for two weeks (11-23 November 2013). Global environment ministers joined the Conference the second week, and the Lithuanian Minister of Environment, and Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, led the EU delegation.
Minister Mazuronis presented the position of Member States, represented them during meetings with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, other ministers, and NGO representatives, informed the European Parliament’s delegation about the progress of negotiations, and hold press conferences for journalists.
During the Conference, some progress were made regarding a new legally-binding global agreement on climate change, which should be adopted by 2015 at the latest and come into effect in 2020. “Even though the negotiations regarding a global climate change agreement won’t be completed in Warsaw, we have to decide what we are going to do in the coming two years, in order to ensure that this important document is signed as planned – in 2015 in Paris,” Mr Mazuronis said.
According to him, another important aspect was to ensure that countries wouldn't wait for 2020, but rather would make new commitments or expand old ones to decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases to ensure sufficient joint commitments and keep the global warming rate below 2° C.
At the Conference, the EU delegation focused on the implementation and funding of instruments that were harmonized at previous climate change conferences. The EU strived for the active participation of global ministers in discussions regarding climate change mitigation by 2020, and the preparation of a global agreement by 2015. The EU also urged countries to cooperate internationally to speed up the goals that are due by 2020, promote more effective energy consumption, develop renewable energy sources, decrease emissions of fluorine gasses, review fossil fuel grants, and decrease emissions of greenhouse gasses in the maritime and aviation sectors.

Source: Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013