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UNFCC Seminar of Governmental Experts

18 MAY 2005

Upon the conclusion of the informal climate talks in Bonn, Greenpeace reacted positively to both the tone and content of the discussions about future action to combat the growing threat of climate change. "Most countries seem to be willing to move forward with a sense of urgency to broaden and strengthen the climate regime," said Steve Sawyer of Greenpeace International. "This 'informal' meeting will have no formal status, but both the turnout and the quality of the presentations by about 30 countries is encouraging."

Greenpeace was particularly pleased by the presentations by South Africa, China, and Mexico, key developing countries that acknowledged very clearly that climate change is a serious problem and that they have an important role to play in finding solutions. 'South Africa's call for a 'Montreal Mandate' to kick-start negotiations on the post-2012 negotiations at the climate summit in Canada later this year set just the right tone', said Sawyer. The South African call was supported by a number of countries, and most others called for urgent discussions to build on the Kyoto Protocol and engage all countries in the post 2012 climate regime. After an overly cautious start, key European countries also called for a clear framework for future action, with the only nay-sayers being the USA, Australia, India and Saudi Arabia. "We're looking for leadership from the EU, Japan and Canada to develop a Montréal Mandate for negotiating post-2012 emission reductions", said Sawyer.

Greenpeace supports the Climate Action Network proposal for the future of the climate regime, in three parts:

a) A Kyoto track: broadening and deepening the binding emissions reductions called for under the Kyoto Protocol, with emissions reductions from industrialized countries of at least 30% by 2020;
b) A 'greening' or 'technology' track: where industrialized countries assist rapidly growing economies of developing countries to 'decarbonise' their economies as rapidly as possible;
c) An adaptation track: where serious international resources - money, technology and expertise - are made available to least developed countries to help them adapt to the climate change which is inevitably locked into the system;

Greenpeace hopes that the positive spirit surrounding the Seminar of Governmental Experts here in Bonn continues to permeate the climate negotiations, and believes that the US, Australia and other 'nay-sayers' will join the effort eventually, due to the combined pressure of the public, the business community, and the international community as a whole.


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