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NGO: Little work has been done on Kyoto Protocol

12-03-2011 09:30 BJT Special Report:Durban Climate Change Conference |

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United Nations officials at the Durban Climate Change Conference in South Africa, say they remain optimistic about progress in the first week of negotiations. But the Climate Action Network - which represents over 700 non-governmental organisations - says little work has been done to move the negotiations forward.

The European Union maintained its position that it supported the Kyoto Protocol, based on certain conditions.They’re pushing for all major economies to agree on a legally binding framework for climate action.But they realize that this may not happen until 2015, meaning there could be a gap period, after the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012.

The United States - which refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol - reiterated its position in Durban.

Former Irish President Mary Robinson - who is now an advocate for climate justice - urged the world’s nations to be more flexible, in order to reach a fair bargain in Durban, to benefit future generations.

A number of small groups protested outside the Durban International Convention Centre, to add their voice to the debate.This group of medical doctors - from around the world - said they wanted to raise awareness about the impact climate change had on people’s health.

And these activists said they wanted to see the rich being heavily taxed, to provide billions of dollars for the Green Climate Fund, which would benefit developing nations.

And as the 194 delegations struggle to reach an agreement at the Durban talks, the Cop 17 Civil Society Committee says it’s gearing up for a peaceful Global Day Of Action to highlight the urgent need for a fair climate change deal that will help the world avoid runaway climate change. René Del Carme, CCTV, Durban.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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