COP17/CMP7 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2011 with the participation of Connie Hedegaard: 05/12/2011
End production: 05/12/2011 First transmission: 05/12/2011
Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, took part in the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, that were held from 28 November to 9 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa.
On 5 December 2011, Connie Hedegaard and Marcin Korolec, Polish Minister for Environment, gave a press conference. After the press conference, Connie Hedegaard made statements in English and in Danish.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Title reading with "05/12-2011 EU Press Conference - EU Speakers: Connie Hedegaard, Marcin Korolec"
||Exterior views (2 shots)
||Marcin Korolec, Polish Minister for Environment, opening the Conference (7 shots)
||Statement (in ENGLISH) by Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, saying that Europe believes that the world has had a lot of time to think. What they need is not more thinking. What they need is more action. Even if others are not, they are ready to take a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Now. They do this in order to preserve what it took them all so many years to agree upon. But they must be reassured that others will join them in a new legally binding framework after that second commitment period and when they will. This is why they insist on an agreement to a roadmap for future action from all other parties here (7 shots).
||Connie Hedegaard leaving the press conference and speaking with journalists (2 shots)
||Exterior view of the complex where the Conference takes place
||Subtitle reading with English Statement 1
||Statement (in English) by Connie Hedegaard: this is my 8th COP and therefore I also know that what really matters is the political will there actually to do what is needed before the end of this week. And one should not be confused; if you listen to all the messages coming out of press conferences, you might think that oh! That's not that difficult it's almost there, but I can assure you that when you are doing as we have been doing today a lot of bi-laterals and you get the details then it is a very complex picture, and we should not sort of get this wrong! Time is scarce, problems are big and we need still to agree on the very crunch issues!
||Subtitle reading wih English statement 2
||Statement (in English) by Connie Hedegaard: the situation we have here in Durban is that we cannot choose among a lot of different, very very good and rosy options. These options are not at the table because the will to enter them is not good enough, so that is why we are in some other kind of options, whereas Europe is trying through our own example, through taking a second commitment period even when a lot of other parties do not want to join us, then we are making a potential bridge to the future, but then we are saying that in order to do that we need the reassurance that others will be following us at a later stage over that bridge. That is not something that is unfair to ask, that is what is needed if the World is to achieve to stay below the two degrees.
||Subtitle reading with Danish statement
||Statement (in Danish) by Connie Hedegaard
||Interior views of the complex (2 shots)