COP16, Cancún: press conference by Connie Hedegaard and Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture and President in office of the Council
End production: 06/12/2010 First transmission: 06/12/2010
The United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Cancún, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. It encompassed the sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP) and the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).
For the EU, the ultimate objective of the UN process must be to establish an ambitious, comprehensive and legally binding global framework that engages all countries in combating climate change. This framework should build on the Kyoto Protocol and the Copenhagen Accord, which was reached at the 2009 UN climate conference and has been endorsed by 140 countries including the EU and its Member States. The Copenhagen Accord recognises the need to keep global warming below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial temperature. The EU's preference is for the future global climate framework to take the form of a single, new legally binding instrument which includes the essential elements of the Kyoto Protocol. However, the EU is willing to consider a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol on condition that this forms part of a wider global agreement which engages all major economies in climate action and that the environmental integrity of the Protocol is improved.
On 6 December, Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, and Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture and President in office of the Council, held a joint press conference on the progress achieved so far and the challenges still ahead.
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||Exterior view of the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancún, press conference venue
||People entering the conference venue
||Arrival of Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action
||General shots of the press conference room (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture and President in office of the Council, (in ENGLISH): the pieces of the puzzle are now; this week we must make it together; the COP of Nagoya recently showed that important steps forward in multilateral environmental cooperation can be achieved, even today; so let us build on these results.
||Cutaways: audience and press conference (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): today, 6 December, 5 days before we have to close this conference; some progress was made in the negotiations last week; and since the weekend we have updated sets of texts on the table and depose the Kyoto protocol and the UN climate convention tracks of the negotiations; that is good.
||Cutaways: press rooms, cameramen and photographs (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): these texts cover all the key elements required for a balance package that is also good. In other words, we have a basis to work for this week but I have to say that we are also concerned because the texts are not ready to be used by ministers to finalise the deal. There are still much too long, there are still much too many options and they are still much too complicated. This is a challenge for the next 24 or 48 hours.
||Connie Hedegaard talking to journalists (3 shots)
||Connie Hedegaard leaving