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LDC Group’s opening statement at 17th AWG-KP session (May 2012)

Statement by the Gambia on behalf of the Least Developed Countries at the opening of the 17th session of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Countries under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP)

Bonn. 15 May 2012

Madam Chair, the Gambia has the honour to speak on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The LDC group wishes to associate itself with statements made by Algeria on behalf of the Group of 77 & China, Swaziland on behalf of the African Group, and Nauru on behalf of Alliance of Small Islands Developing States (AOSIS).

We would like to express our appreciation to the German Government and the Secretariat for their continued support and the excellent facilities that have been made available for this meeting.

Madam Chair, the LDCs attribute great importance to building on the Durban momentum and boosting all aspects of the negotiation process to ensure an ambitious agreement in Doha. Central to this is reaching a conclusion to the work of the AWG-KP.  The Kyoto Protocol currently represents the only legally binding architecture for reducing emissions in a quantifiable way for the pre-2020 period and agreement on the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol into a second commitment period was a core component of the Durban package.

Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that we resolve all outstanding issues relating to the KP here in Bonn- with the highest possible ambition- so that we can adopt all the necessary decisions on the Kyoto Protocol for a robust second commitment period covering the widest scope of emissions possible in Doha. Waiting or postponing or further weakening is no longer an option. Read the rest of this entry »

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