UN Climate Conference in Durban
(28 November - 9 December 2011)
Representatives from all over the world are meeting in Durban, South-Africa, for international climate talks at the United Nations conference. While it is already clear that this conference will not produce the legally binding global climate agreement that the world badly needs, it can and must take a big step closer to that goal.
EU open to a second Kyoto period as bridge to a wider climate regime
For the EU the main outcome from Durban must be an agreed roadmap and deadline for finalising an ambitious, comprehensive and legally binding global framework for climate action by all major economies.
A key decision is what should follow the "first commitment period" of the Kyoto protocol. At the end of 2012, the emission targets of developed countries (except the US which has not ratified the protocol) will expire. The EU is open to engage in a second Kyoto period as a bridge to the wider international climate regime provided the environmental integrity of the Protocol and its market-mechanisms are strengthened.
"The EU can build the bridge to the future. But that only makes sense if the remaining countries are willing to commit in the near future too", stressed Connie Hedegaard.
Durban "important to continue progress but not the end of the road"
In Durban, the EU will report on its good progress in delivering on the €7.2 billion in "fast start" climate finance it has pledged to developing countries for the years 2010-2012. Two thirds of the money has been mobilised.
Another critical point for Durban will be to make operational the decisions taken last year in Cancún, Mexico, such as the launch of the Green Climate Fund and procedures to increase transparency on the climate measures undertaken by all countries.
Finally, the Durban conference must also tackle the ambition gap of the current global climate regime. The emissions reduction pledges made by some 90 countries since Cancún are not sufficient to keep global warming below 2°C. And aviation, maritime and agriculture must be included.
So "Durban will be an important opportunity to continue progress but not the end of the road", Connie Hedegaard added.
Connie Hedegaard on Durban
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- 09/12/2011 - Common statement by the European Union, Least Developed Countries and the Association Of Small Island States
- 07/12/2011 - Connie Hedegaard: "At least 20% of the external finance package will go to climate"
- 06/12/2011 - Statement at the opening of the high-level segment of COP17 by Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action
- 25/11/2011 - Connie Hedegaard receives the "Schwarzkopf-Europe-Award"
- 24/11/2011 - Connie Hedegaard: "The EU is ready for a global treaty in Durban"
- 21/11/2011 - Connie Hedegaard: "Climate protection is not DEindustrialisation, but REindustrialisation: doing things smarter and more efficiently!"
- 16/11/2011 - Connie Hedegaard: "If other major economies are not ready now, then we need to know when they will be"
- 09/11/2011 - Connie Hedegaard: Durban Conference "an important opportunity to continue progress" but not "the end of the road"
- 15/12/2011 - Statement by Connie Hedegaard following the outcome of the Durban climate talks
- 11/12/2011 - Connie Hedegaard in Durban:Closing joint press conference with Polish Minister Marcin Korolec
- 09/12/2011 - Connie Hedegaard in Durban: Extracts from press conference and doorstep interviews
- 09/12/2011 - Connie Hedegaard in Durban: Press conference by Commissioner Hedegaard in Durban
- 07/12/2011 - Joint press conference by Commissioner Hedegaard and Member of the European Parliament Jo Leinen in Durban
- 05/12/2011 - Joint press conference by Commissioner Hedegaard and Polish Environment Minister Korolec in Durban