Participants in UN Climate Change COP18 Show Commitment to Realizing Objectives: Figueres

Doha, November 28 (QNA) – articipant countries in the UN Climate Change COP18, gathering in Doha, have shown rocksolid commitment to realizing the objectives of this highly important meeting, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christina Figueres has said.
Such commitment should be conducive to a fresh step in the world’s ambition in confronting climate change, she added in a statement on Wednesday.
Negotiations are successfully progressing,  ” and we will do our best to formulate complete draft decisions to be submitted to the high-level ministerial meetings that will start on Dec 4,” she added.
Figueres noted that  international commitment to gas emission reduction and tackling the impact of climate change has now become stronger than ever before. However , it is still insufficient to prevent a rise in the average of global warming by more than 2 degrees Celsius above the level agreed by governments.
Figueres said it was duly significant that governments renew their commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and to push into the phase of execution the efforts being canvassed in the developing world.
During the inaugural session of the Kyoto Protocol in Doha on Tuesday, the governments, gathering in Doha, pledged they will not leave the Qatari capital without introducing the necessary amendments to this protocol, Figueres stressed.
The governments will also decide on commitment to the task and timetable they themselves set for reaching an effective, equitable, comprehensive and ambitious agreement on climate change that is to be endorsed in 2015 and to be implemented in 2020 , and on raising the world’s current insufficient ambition for confronting the impact of climate change before 2020, Figueres added.
Figueres reiterated the need to reach at a better understanding on ways of mobilizing long-term financing to support the efforts of developing countries which, they had already agreed, should reach $100 billion annually by  2020. (QNA)

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