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In Warsaw, Valentinas Mazuronis urged more than 100 countries to sign amendment to the Kyoto Protocol as soon as possible


According to Valentinas Mazuronis, the Minister of Environment, speaking at the conference yesterday dedicated for the climate change in Warsaw on behalf of the EU Member States, “A year ago, an agreement was reached in Doha as regards amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; the amendment provides for the second period of obligations and the European Union has immediately started steps to implement it. We have accomplished a lot in order to get ready for the ratification of the same instrument and we are hopeful that all procedures will be closed soon. We urged the parties to the Kyoto Protocol, with number exceeding 100, to see that the agreement is signed and ratified as soon as possible, thereby contributing to our effort”.

According to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, speaking at the conference in Warsaw, the nature is not to blame. As the UN Secretary General was addressing representatives of most countries in Warsaw, he repeatedly stressed the following: “Scientific conclusions are clear. It is human activities that account for the predominant cause for the climate change”. Ban Ki-moon urged national governments to take on more ambitious plans combating CO2 emissions as current commitments, according to the secretary general, are simply inadequate.

The UN secretary general called the representatives of the countries to take specific proposals and to come to the next global summit scheduled in September 2014 in New York, and dedicated to the issues of climate change. According to Ban Ki-moon, the same summit is expected to be a place for decision making rather than a place for talks.

At the first high-level session of the conference in Warsaw, a joint statement on behalf of the EU Member States was made by Valentinas Mazuronis, Minister of Environment of the current Presidency of Council of EU and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Change.

Valentinas Mazuronis pointed out to the participants in the conference that Warsaw conference should be used to review performance of previous commitments and for preparation of new, still more ambitious plans. According to Valentinas Mazuronis, “The European Union is ready for constructive cooperation with all countries to ensure that the conference presents an opportunity to take coordinated decisions, focussed on the future”. According to the Minister, the decisions in question are necessary as we get ready to the next summit, as well as for the future conference in Lima; besides the decisions are necessary to complete successfully the global agreement during conference dedicated to climate change in Paris in 2015.

Today, the participants of the conference in Warsaw focussed on present and future funding of steps targeted at combating climate change. Ministers of Environment from around the world point out in their statements that the countries need not only to take on specific commitments, but also to ensure the resources necessary for their implementation. The dialogue with the business representatives, held on today by the Polish presidency to the conference will discuss methods how private sector could contribute to the combatting of the climate change.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas