[fyeg_gen-l] Global Greens Press Release on Bali

Judith Verweijen judithverweijen at gmail.com
Fri Dec 7 10:08:02 CET 2007


DEAR FRIENDS,

YOU WILL FIND HEREUNDER THE PRESS RELEASE OF GLOBAL GREENS THAT WILL BE
ISSUED TOMORROW, DEC 7, IN BALI AND TODAY IN EUROPE.
DO NOT HESITATE TO USE IT AND CIRCULATE IT !

Catherine Grèze, Global Green Coordination



*Global Bali *Declaration 2007


6th of December 2007

*Time for commitments
*

Alarmed by the speed of climate change and the insufficient action,
particularly of those countries that bear the greatest responsibility for
emitting greenhouse gases, Global Greens call for the Bali meeting to agree
on a negotiation mandate to establish, by 2009 at least, a binding regime
for global greenhouse gas reductions that is consistent with avoiding
dangerous climate change.

Global Greens call for the Bali mandate to
·     build on key principles and mechanisms of the UNFCCC and Kyoto
Protocol taking into account common but differentiated responsibilities;

·     set a long-term goal of limiting average global temperature increase
to below +2°C above pre-industrial levels;

·     require the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions by at least
60% by 2050 compared to the 1990 level, with binding targets for
industrialised countries and broader global participation in reduction
efforts, in particular by emerging economies through fair and proportionate
targets;

·      include effective and predictable financing for adaptation,
incentives to avoid deforestation and forest degradation and reduce land use
emissions;

·     make significant advances in facilitating clean technology transfer
and deployment;

·     include the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices; and

·     aim to establish such an international agreement by 2009.



Global Greens maintain that reducing global emissions must not lead to other
threats such as nuclear risks, including nuclear proliferation, the risk of
terrorists getting control over nuclear technology, or the risks posed by
the impossibility of safely disposing of nuclear waste. Nuclear power must
remain excluded from mechanisms aimed at promoting emission reductionsunder
the international climate framework.

Climate change must be recognised as an issue of human rights and global
equity, with security implications that might threaten international
peace. Global
Greens consider that finding an equitable solution is fundamental for
success in international climate policy, and support the principle of
converging global per capita emissions.

Global Greens are convinced that a low carbon or even zero carbon society is
possible and can be combined with increased quality of life. To achieve
this, it is necessary to set out a binding emission reduction pathway for
the coming decades to ensure investment in energy-saving, resource-efficient
and renewable energy technologies.

Global Greens consider it imperative that global emissions peak by 2015, and
that greenhouse gas emissions thereafter decline to a level which is
sustained by the absorption capacity of natural sinks, recognising the
alarming evidence in the latest science that this capacity is decreasing.

Industrialised countries must play a leading role in tackling climate change
at world level. Global Greens call for developed countries to commit to
domestic reductions of at least 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 compared with
1990 levels.

Deforestation and forest degradation, especially in tropical forests, need
to be tackled in the international climate policy framework. Global
Greenscall for urgent agreement to develop effective global measures,
in
particular to counteract any negative impacts linked to agrofuel expansion.
Measures to address climate change must not damage biodiversity, water and
nature.  They must respect the rights of local communities and be fair to
developing countries.  Global Greens call for a global system of
biodiversity accounting linked to improved carbon accounting systems.

Global Greens insist that the international climate policy framework must
also provide independent and predictable financing to assist low-income
vulnerable countries in adapting to already inevitable climate change.

Global Greens support the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as a means of
promoting climate-friendly technologies but emphasise that, as an offset
mechanism, it is only a temporary solution. Global Greens maintain that the
use of flexible mechanisms must be supplemental to domestic reductions.

Global Greens




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