Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Welcomes Climate Change Deal

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the set of decisions reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, saying they represent a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the coming years.

After extended negotiations over the weekend, the 194 parties to the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed on a package of
decisions, known as the Durban Platform, which include the launch of a protocol
or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period
for the existing Kyoto Protocol and the launch of the Green Climate Fund.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Ban said the new accord is
“essential for stimulating greater action and for raising the level of ambition
and the mobilization of resources to respond to the challenges o
f climate change.”

Mr. Ban also welcomed the agreement to establish a second commitment period of
the Kyoto Protocol, stating it will “increase certainty for the carbon market
and provide additional incentives for new investments in technology and the
infrastructure necessary to fight climate change.”

In addition, Mr. Ban said he was gratified that countries reached decisions to
implement the Cancun Agreements, which were created at last year’s conference in
Mexico. The new measures include setting up a Technology Mechanism that will
promote access by developing countries to clean, low-carbon technologies, and
establishing an Adaptation Committee that will coordinate adaptation activities
on a global scale.

Mr. Ban also welcomed the launch of the Green Climate Fund and said he was
gratified that a number of countries signalled their intent to contribute to it.
The Fund was created last year to help developing nations protect themselves
from climate impacts and build their own susta
inable futures, but had not been launched yet, and Mr. Ban had urged developed
countries throughout the two-week conference to inject the necessary capital to
kick-start it.

“Taken together, these agreements represent an important advance in our work on
climate change,” Mr. Ban said, calling on countries to “quickly implement these
decisions and to continue working together in the constructive spirit evident in
Durban.”

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