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Climate: Developing countries hope for meaningful Bangkok intersessionals : Page 2 of 2

Posted on 30 August 2012
and with Mother Earth, and that now is an historic moment to show worldwide leadership in the face of adversity. The ALBA countries also had this to say to developed country Parties as regards the Durban Package: “It is not realistic nor ethical to think to ask of others what we are not willing to do ourselves.”
 
The BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries expressed concern over the level of ambition, which is far below what is required by science from Annex 1 countries. It called on developed country Parties to “enhance the environmental integrity” of the Kyoto Protocol’s 2nd commitment period. Similarly, the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, i.e., developing countries with rainforests, urged Parties to secure a “solid and ambitious agreement in Doha.”
 
The statement delivered by Philippines on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC), a group of 36 countries from developing countries, drove home the message that a meaningful, substantial and effective Kyoto Protocol 2nd commitment period should be the centerpiece and focus of work for the Bangkok Intersessionals, and that Kyoto Protocol should be the “key deliverable” for Doha. It stressed the need for ambitious aggregate emissions for Annex 1 countries in accordance with historical responsibility consistent with science, and warned of already low pledges (of developed countries) possibly being undermined by accounting loopholes that would ultimately result in no net contribution to emissions reduction.
 
At around midday, groups from different organizations and social movements from Thailand and different parts of the world held a demonstration in front of the ESCAP building. The groups called on the rich industrialized countries to fulfill their existing legally binding commitments and undertake drastic emissions cuts without offsets and loopholes. ###
 
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Photo credit: Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano of the Philippines' Department of Agriculture
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