Arab Group Highlights Importance of Doha Conference on Climate Change

Doha, November 26 (QNA) – The Doha International Conference on Climate Change, which was opened here today and will continue until 7th December, is an important venue for international climate change negotiations, said Deputy Assistant Egyptian Foreign Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and spokesman of the “Arab Group” in UN Conference Ihab Jamal al-Din.
   Jamal al-Din, in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) said this important venue must highlight the credibility of the multilateral international cooperation, as well as in dealing with the challenges in the framework of the international system established twenty years ago, underlining that there should be a fair distribution of the burden of climate change.
   The developed countries bear the “historic responsibility” in view of the situation now, he said, adding that they should provide support, fund and technology for the developing world so that the international effort can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The developing countries should not bear the burden alone,” he stressed.
  In a speech he delivered on behalf of ” the Arab Group” during the opening session of the UN Conference on Climate Change, Jamal al-Din said that the Doha conference should decide the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, which enter into force on 1st January 2013, in order to ensure that there is no legal gap, and start the new agreement negotiations in 2015.
 On cooperation or consultation between the Arab Group and other relevant groups, he said that the Arab Group is cooperating with all parties, referring to the meetings held by the Arab Group with other countries and international federations. He added that the Group is making a noticeable effort with regard to the phenomenon of climate change. (QNA)

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