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IBON International Update #4 from Doha COP18 : Page 2 of 2

Posted on 30 November 2012
and BASIC (Brazil, India, South Africa and China) have all stressed that a legally binding second commitment period (CP2) of the Kyoto Protocol—which would ensure that industrialized countries and economies in transition commit to further carbon emission reductions—is a cornerstone for ambition in COP-18 and combatting climate change. However, the US, along with Japan, Russia, Canada and New Zealand have pulled out of CP2 in favor of a “pledge and review” system.
 
Pershing criticized the role of the UN after COP-15 in Copenhagen. After complaining that “it seemed like we didn’t sleep for two weeks,” he credited the role of leading economies led by the US for progress in the talks.
 
"I am not sure that any of us are particularly confident that the UN managing the near-term financing is the right way to go," he said.
 
The Guardian newspaper reported that Pershing suggested the forum offered by the UN was important for countries such as Cuba or the small islands to air their grievances.
 
Pershing was sworn in as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change on March 19, 2009. He is a former director of the Climate, Energy and Pollution Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a US-based think tank, and he also directed the Environment Program at the International Energy Agency, in Paris. ### 
 
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IBON International will co-host a COP 18 side event “Promoting the Busan Building Block on Climate Finance and Development Effectiveness” on December 1, 2012, from 18.30 – 20.00, in Side Event Room 7, Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar.
 
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