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[Press Release]UNFCCC COP17 앞둔 지구의벗의 우려(2011.11.22)

22 November 2011



UN CLIMATE TALKS : STRONG CONCERNS OVER AGENDA OF DEVELOPED COUNTRIES


 


DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 22 November 2011 – Friends of the Earth
International has expressed strong concerns over the stated agenda of
the US and a number of other developed countries at the forthcoming UN
climate talks in Durban from 28 November to 9 December [1].


The global grassroots environmental federation is calling on other
governments to stop these countries from undermining the globally-agreed
framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to ensure stronger
targets for legally binding emissions cuts in line with science and equity.


The climate talks have been deadlocked since the beginning of the decade
because of the failure of developed countries – those historically
responsible for the bulk of the climate-changing emissions – to deliver
on their moral and legal obligations for climate action.


Developed countries are obliged under the United Nations Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) to cut their emissions first and fastest and to
provide adequate public finance and technology transfer to developing
countries.


But in the last two years the international negotiations have taken an
even more worrying turn, with the US, Japan and others pushing to scrap
the agreed, legally-binding framework for developed country emissions
cuts and replace it with a voluntary ‘pledge and review’ approach. This
would put the world squarely on track to catastrophic global warming [2].


“Millions of people around the world are already facing the impacts of
the climate crisis. Yet many developed country governments, who have it
within their power to prevent the crisis from getting any worse, are
acting with complete impunity. And worse, many are using the climate
talks to advance the narrow, profit-driven agenda of polluting
industries, multinational corporations, and financial elites”, said
Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Friends of the Earth International coordinator of
the Climate Justice and Energy Programme.


“To tackle the climate crisis we need a transformation in our unjust and
unsustainable economies and their basis in dirty, polluting fossil
fuels. In South Africa, it was the power of peoples’ struggle that
defeated apartheid. Once again our communities need to organize,
mobilise and help build not just a new South Africa but a new just and
sustainable world that puts the interests and needs of ordinary people
and communities first,” said Bobby Peek, director of Friends of the
Earth South Africa / groundWork.


“Durban could be where the greatest crime against humanity is committed.
The blind greed and self-interest of developed countries could literally
pass a death sentence on the peoples of Africa”, said Nnimmo Bassey,
Chair of Friends of the Earth International.


“Developed countries must take the lead by committing to urgent and
dramatic legally-binding emissions cuts, stop the drive for destructive
false solutions like carbon trading, and repay their climate debt to
developing countries. Developing countries must resist the drive from
the US, Japan and others towards climate catastrophe, and the EU must
prove its climate leadership or take its share of responsibility for
what could be a disastrous outcome in Durban. The world cannot wait any
longer” he continued.




NOTES TO EDITORS


[1] The most fractious issue in the negotiations is the second phase of
the Kyoto Protocol. Whilst the greenhouse gas emissions targets in the
current phase are extremely weak and full of dangerous loopholes like
carbon trading, the Protocol itself provides the only existing
international framework for legally binding targets for developed
countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.


The first phase of emission cuts agreed under the Kyoto Protocol expires
at the end of 2012. A second phase must be agreed in Durban to avoid
gaps between the two periods.


Canada, Japan and Russia are determined not to commit to a second period
of emission cuts under the Protocol unless all major economies –
including China and the United States – agree to the same legal terms.


The US is reneging on its promise to take on comparable binding
emissions reductions. Instead, it is pushing for a complete dismantling
of the framework of legally-binding emissions reduction targets and for
its replacement with a voluntary pledge and review system where
countries would decide their own emissions cuts on a national basis.


[2] According to UNEP, the voluntary emissions reductions pledges
submitted at the previous UN round of climate talks (COP 16 in Cancun)
would put the world on track to a catastrophic 5 degrees of warming and
even higher for Africa:
http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport/pdfs/GAP_REPORT_SUNDAY_SINGLES_LOWRES.pdf



FOR MORE INFORMATION


Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Friends of the Earth International coordinator of
the Climate Justice and Energy Programme: or +27 763 598 845 (South
African mobile valid only Nov. 22 – Dec.10) or +44-7912 40 65 10 (UK
mobile), email:
sarah.clifton@foe.co.uk


Bobby Peek, director of Friends of the Earth South Africa / groundWork:
Bobby Peek, Director of Friends of the Earth South Africa: +27 824 641
383 (South African mobile), email:
bobby@groundwork.org.za


Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International: +234 803 727
4395 (Nigerian mobile) or +27 824 641 383 (South African mobile valid
only Nov. 22 – Dec.10), email:
nnimmo@eraction.org
*연락처: + 27 7163 92 542 (note it is valid only Nov. 22 – Dec.10)



Friends of the Earth International media line: +27 791 097 223 (South
African number valid only Nov. 26 – Dec.10) or +31-6-5100 5630 (Dutch
mobile) or email:
media@foei.org



 

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