Informal ministerial round table for ambitious follow-up to Durban on accelerated climate actions: extracts from the press briefings
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 07/05/2012 First transmission: 07/05/2012
On 7 May 2012, following the first part of the informal ministerial round table for ambitious follow-up to Durban, Connie Hedegaard, Member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Hasan Mahmud, Bangladeshi Minister for Ministry for Environment and Forest, Tony A. deBrum, Marshallese Minister in Assistance to Christopher Jorebon Loeak, President of the Marshall Islands, and Fatou Ndeye Gaye, Gambian Minister for Forestry and Environment, held a press point on the outcome of the meeting, in Brussels.
Connie Hedegaard underlined that more ambition is needed on the road to Doha. All the countries need to put better targets on the table.
Ministers from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and a number of Latin American countries were invited to discuss the follow-up of 2011 Durban climate conference in Brussels on 7-8 May. They also focussed on the preparation of the UN climate change convention and the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development on 20-22 June 2012.
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||Arrival of Connie Hedegaard, Member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, Hasan Mahmud, Bangladeshi Minister for Ministry for Environment and Forest, Fatou Ndeye Gaye, Gambian Minister for Forestry and Environment, Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, and Tony A. deBrum, Marshallese Minister in Assistance to Christopher Jorebon Loeak, President of the Marshall Islands, at the press point in Brussels
||Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): It is very clear that we are all in agreement no back tracking, on the contrary, it is more ambition, not less ambition that we need. Not only for those who are already ambitious but also for those who might not have been so ambitious so far. It is very important to get more people on board and I think that together from each our group that is what bides us together, this idea that we will push for ambition also on the road to Doha.
||Tony A. deBrum, Marshallese Minister in Assistance to Christopher Jorebon Loeak, President of the Marshall Islands
||Soundbite by Hasan Mahmud (in ENGLISH): Not having a responsibility according to the global understanding, and still we have taken many measures. So, this is the responsibility of all of us to salvage this planet. Therefore, this meeting today and tomorrow is very important and we have in June RIO+20 and in the context of climate change, RIO+20 is also important.
||Fatou Ndeye Gaye and Martin Lidegaard
||Soundbite by Tony A. deBrum: If we do not control the emissions of pollution in the air in the next few years to the point where we would limit the total to the levels that have already been agreed upon, in Durban and in other fora. The Marshall Islands and other islands of the Pacific will be the first to go. They will go under water. So for us, it is a matter of survival, not just a matter of clean air or clean water. But it is about the actual survival of people.
||Soundbite by Martin Lidegaard (in ENGLISH): EU sticks to its commitment that we are ready to go to 30 percent as a part of a bigger package where other countries deliver in the same wage as we have set for several years now. But I think an important thing is that beside the pledges we have a number of possibilities, besides the protocol and the Kyoto commitment.
||Departure of the speakers