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European Parliament - Cancun conference lays foundation for climate treaty
MEPs have welcomed results from UN climate change negotiations
(COP 16) in Cancún, Mexico, which have reached last-minute
agreement reached on key issues, including forestry, technology
transfer and a climate fund to support adaptation and mitigation
efforts in the developing world.
Jo Leinen, chair of the European Parliament delegation to the
COP 16, commented, “The UN climate conference in Cancun paved
the way for a global climate treaty. It has also kept the path
open to continue this multilateral process under the UN, as
the EU had supported.
Industrialised countries were asked to improve their emissions
reductions targets. Therefore, the European Parliament’s recommendation for the EU to step up to 30% CO2 reductions by 2020 received a warm welcome. We now ask the EU to commit to this step at the Energy Summit on 4 February 2011, for the benefit of our own economic growth. It’s
time to lead or lose.
The building blocks of the Cancun agreement will secure better
protection of forests and transfer of green technologies to support
sustainable economies in developing countries. It also formally
establishes a climate fund, in which innovative financing and
EU solidarity will be critical elements. This is just the beginning,
but it marks an important breakthrough towards a comprehensive
and binding deal in South Africa next year.”
Karl-Heinz Florenz (EPP, DE), Vice-Chair of the Delegation, “The
Cancun summit has shown that it is actually possible to achieve
an outcome. Cancun was a litmus test for the UN process. I would
like to highlight the very inclusive atmosphere here. The Mexican
presidency has succeeded in balancing transparency and the need
This package deal is one major step towards a new climate treaty
- we managed to keep the balance between the two tracks. I am
optimistic that we will be able to reach an agreement in Durban,
even if we were not able to introduce an end date into the text.”
The European Parliament will discuss the Cancun results on Tuesday afternoon at its plenary session in Strasbourg.
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