|[Published: Wednesday November 09 2011]
Ban stresses need for global agreement on limiting greenhouse gas emissions
New York, 09 Nov – (ANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the forthcoming United Nations conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa, should produce agreement on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases, and launch the green climate fund for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.
“In Durban, I expect governments to find a way forward for the Kyoto Protocol so
we can make a broader comprehensive climate agreement possible,” said Mr. Ban in
remarks prepared for delivery to an event on climate change organized by the mission of the United Kingdom to the UN.
The Kyoto Protocol, is an addition to the UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) that contains legally binding measures to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions, and whose first commitment period is due to expire in 2012. The
Conference of Parties to the Convention in Durban is expected to discuss
carrying forward the protocol’s commitments beyond 2012.
Mr. Ban urged governments to launch the Green Climate Fund, which was
established last year in Cancun, Mexico. “But it must not be an empty shell – a
fund in name only. Governments must provide the $ 100 billion that was pledged.
This would be a welcome concrete outcome at Durban.” (ANA)
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