Climate change conference: UN expert urges countries to make concrete pledges Watch

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(Original post by UN News Centre)
15 November 2013 – A United Nations independent expert today called on Governments at a conference in Warsaw, Poland, to make concrete funding commitments to tackle the effects of climate change.

“World leaders have a crucial opportunity in Warsaw to secure the foundations of a strong, fair and ambitious framework, which is essential to minimize the effects of climate change,” the Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, Virginia Dandan, told negotiators from more than 190 countries taking part in the UN Climate Change Conference.

During the two-week Conference, which began on Monday, delegates are trying to reach agreement on a legally binding climate change treaty to be adopted by 2015 and enter force by 2020.

Ms. Dandan encouraged negotiators to ground their discussions in the principle of international solidarity and echoed calls for the talks not to become stalled over the issue of compensation for the effects of climate change.

“Time is too short and the consequences too great to risk these negotiations becoming caught in entrenched political positions and economic self-interest,” Ms. Dandan said.

“Warsaw is the moment for genuine collaboration among States to establish safeguards for minimizing the adverse effects of climate change on the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of all peoples, especially those in the most vulnerable countries.”

The Independent Expert noted that the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted the seriousness of climate change for every country, and stressed the need for bolder and more concrete action, especially with regard to implementing the Green Climate Fund, which was created to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures.

“But for such breakthroughs to occur, leaders must commit to working together in genuine and deep solidarity,” she said.

“I call on our leaders to build on the benchmarks for decisive action they have set in the post-2015 development agenda, committing in September to a universal, transformative approach grounded in human rights. Similar vision and action by Governments must prevail in Warsaw to set the path for the global community on climate change towards 2020 and beyond.”
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France echoes the sentiments by Ms. Dandan and believe that to achieve this we are going to have to make sacrifices for the good of the world. We will have to put aside our differences and we will have to work with a strong sense of commitment to achieve this. We only have one planet and we need to tackle this problem collectively not individually.

Despite Ms. Dandan's comments about putting aside compensation, Zimbabwe feels it is difficult to do this when the industrialized Western countries have been pumping the most pollution into the atmosphere and dumping all their waste residue into African countries who don't have the power or authority to stop them. We would like to see a further effort on climate change though and will contribute.
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Malaysia believes that these latest talks will be crucial in governing the future direction of international policy on climate change. We support Mr Dandan in his statement, and call for all countries to acknowledge the need abide by legally-binding agreements that will secure the future of the planet.
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The MHoC has recently implemented a carbon tax to reduce emissions, and we would urge all other countries to pursue similar policies in the interests of the planet as a whole. We also call for more effort from countries to invest in renewable or low-carbon energy sources.
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While we recognise that it is a global problem care must be taken not just to create useless resolutions based on fake science that will hinder the development of society while not having any worthwhile impact on global warming. Given Russia is already at 2/3 of its 1990 emissions by 2001 as the EU has failed to meet such targets Russia suggests that it has been one of the more successful countries in cutting our emissions.

Indonesia expects an ambitious agreement on post 2020 climate change to be agreed upon in Warsaw at COP19. The cornerstone of this agreement in Indonesia's eyes is the principle of equity which will offer financial support towards the development of low emission activities.
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Germany agrees that we all have a moral imperative to reduce our emission to prevent climate change however finds it's self agreeing with NICs as we one hundred years a to pumped out very dirty pollutants and believes that to some extend that NIC should also be able to industrialise but to keep the concentration of there emissions lower.


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