Climate action: Doha conference must lay the foundations for the 2015 global climate deal
The United Nations climate change conference next week in Doha, Qatar must start the hard work of turning last year's agreement to enhance global climate action into reality. The European Union wants an outcome that takes forward all elements of the package of decisions agreed in Durban towards a new global climate agreement by 2015. The EU has also asked the Qatari Presidency to hold ministerial discussions to agree on concrete measures to cut global emissions further before 2020. The EU stands firmly by its part of the deal struck in Durban and its commitment to participate in a second period of the Kyoto Protocol.
The EU is the world's largest donor of official development assistance and of climate finance to developing countries. In Doha the EU will show it is on track to deliver the full €7.2 billion in 'fast start' climate finance it has pledged for the period 2010-2012. The EU will also discuss with its developing country partners how major flows of EU climate finance can continue in 2013-2014. Furthermore the EU will provide reassurance that it remains fully committed to delivering its fair share of the US$ 100bn per year in climate finance which developed countries have pledged to mobilise by 2020 to support developing countries in mitigating their emissions and adapting to climate change.