Informal ministerial round table for ambitious follow-up to Durban on accelerated climate actions: round table and extracts from the welcome, introduction and objectives of the meeting by Connie Hedegaard

Type: Speech - summary   Reference: I-073247   Duration: 10:02:56  Lieu:
End production: 07/05/2012   First transmission: 07/05/2012
Connie Hedegaard, Member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, and the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union have invited ministers from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and a number of Latin American countries to talks in Brussels on 7-8 May 2012. This Informal Roundtable will build on the important breakthrough achieved at the 2011 Durban climate conference and explore further cooperation. The determined efforts by these countries, the European Union and South Africa played a key role in Durban's successful outcome. Continued cooperation with these countries will be essential to ensure future success in international fora such as the UN climate change convention and the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development on 20-22 June 2012.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of the informal ministerial round table for ambitious follow-up to Durban on accelerated climate actions. 00:00:05
10:00:10 Arrival of Connie Hedegaard, Member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, to the round table 00:00:05
10:00:15 Serge Lepeltier, French Climate Change Ambassador 00:00:03
10:00:19 Connie Hedegaard and Humberto Brito, Cape Verdean Minister for Toursim, Industry and Energy 00:00:06
10:00:25 Connie Hedegaard and Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment 00:00:04
10:00:30 Tony A. deBrum, Marshallese Minister in Assistance to Christopher Jorebon Loeak, President of the Marshall Islands 00:00:05
10:00:36 General atmosphere before the beginning of the round table (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:00:51 Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norwegian Minister for Environment, and Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building 00:00:05
10:00:56 Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister 00:00:05
10:01:02 Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation 00:00:04
10:01:06 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): As a result of every successful negotiation, the Doha outcome needs to be balanced. And of course, we know that Doha won't be able to deliver on all expectations. But we must continue to make good on the core commitment we met in Cancun and Durban and ways that delivers on what we agreed in Durban and paves the way for the 2015 agreement. 00:00:31
10:01:37 Bård Vegar Solhjell 00:00:00
10:01:38 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): I would say that we are faced with some significant challenges that, I hope, we can discuss these days. I would just outline a few of those that I consider the key challenges. First, we must close the LCA negotiating track in Doha, work on outstanding issues must be continued in the subsidiary bodies or where it relates to major political issues relevant for the design of the new agreement, find its place in the context of the work plan of the ad hoc working party for the Durban platform. Second thing, the EU of course stands by its commitments to finalize the second commitment period in Doha. 00:00:46
10:02:24 Cutaways of the participants (2 shots) 00:00:07
10:02:31 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): As the fourth point, we must together identify the key elements of the legally biding agreement. We have years of experience of work under the convention and its Kyoto protocol to build upon. And in our work we have to accept that the kind of work we will find ourselves in, in 2020, is different from the bindery framework found on the Kyoto. 00:00:25
10:02:56 General view of the round table 00:00:04
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