Countries haven’t done enough to combat climate change: Figueres

Future of Kyoto Protocol the focus of Panama climate meet

Governments recognise that current levels of efforts to combat climate change are not enough, said the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christina Figueres, at the end of the second day of the Panama climate meet, which ends on October 7.

Panama is currently hosting the third part of the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on further commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA). The first phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012 and its progression into the second phase continues to be a sticking point among countries.

Panama is currently hosting the third part of the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on further commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA)
Most of the G-77 Parties stressed that the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol should be agreed to in Durban and that lack of progress in the AWG-LCA track should not be used as an excuse to not arrive at a decision on the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period
the EU and other Annex I (industrialised) countries emphasised the need for all countries responsible for substantial GHG emissions to be covered under the post-2012 arrangement
Panama is the last opportunity for a middle ground or even solution and pre-agreements in the run up to the Durban meet
 

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