Doha summit: Govts. express commitment to achieve objectives

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Doha: Governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, (COP 18/CMP 8) have successfully launched negotiations and expressed commitment to work to get decision texts ready or as complete as possible for the attention of the high-level ministerial part of the meeting from December 4.

“Work has been launched as scheduled in all the negotiating bodies and governments have shown commitment here to achieve the objectives of this important conference, which must set the stage for a new leap in global ambition to respond to climate change,” briefed Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

“Let us remind ourselves again, here in Doha, that international commitments to cut greenhouse gases and deal with the impacts of climate change are higher than they have ever been yet are still not sufficient to prevent the global average temperature rising beyond the 2 degree centigrade target that governments themselves have agreed to,” she said.

In Doha, governments are expected to usher in a renewed commitment under the Kyoto Protocol (KP), move the broad infrastructure of support they have been building for action in the developing world into firm implementation, and decide how to resolve policy issues that remain outstanding under the UNFCCC.

In the opening plenary of the Kyoto Protocol, earlier on Tuesday, governments expressed commitment to leaving Doha with the necessary amendments to the KP.

Nations will also decide how to stick to the task and timetable they set themselves to reach an effective, fair and ambitious universal climate agreement that is to be adopted in 2015 and to enter into force in 2020, and to raise the current inadequate global ambition to address climate change and its impacts before 2020. The new body negotiating this is the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

In addition, countries meeting in Doha need to reach a better understanding on how to mobilize long-term finance to support action in developing nations, which they have agreed must reach a level of USD 100 billion a year by 2020.
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