[fyeg_gen-l] Press Release - FYEG demands concrete steps from negotiators at COP18 in Doha

Jakob C. Schwarz jakob at fyeg.org
Tue Nov 27 11:59:34 CET 2012

You only borrowed the world from the youth and future generations – Urgent action at the UN climate conference badly needed!
From today, the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 18 will be held in Qatar. The Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) together with the German Young Greens (Gruene Jugend) remind the world’s heads of state and governments of their historical responsibilities vis-à-vis the young and future generations. “The tactics of delaying and re-negotiating already concluded sessions must immediately come to an end and we must show much greater ambition in moving towards a global low carbon economy”, stresses Jakob C. Schwarz, co-spokesperson of FYEG.
After the failure of the conference in Copenhagen three years ago and the only modest progress made ever since, success in the negotiations towards a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal by 2015 is urgently needed. In Doha, the world needs to see
·      An amendment for a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol stating targets between 25 and 40 percent below 1990 levels and a mechanism for upward adjustment of the pledges
·       Additional climate financing in line with the 100US$ billion per year agreed upon in Copenhagen as well as the Fast-Track/Start-Up Finance of at least $10-15 billion in new public finance for the Green Climate Fund over 2013-2015
·      Provisions that ensure the environmental integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism and avoid double counting
·      The implementation of technology transfer mechanisms by operationalizing the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network
·      And last but not least sending a strong signal by moving towards a 1.5 degrees goal and reaching the thus necessary agreement that global emissions must peak in 2015.
Olfa Jelassi, FYEG Climate Change Working Group Coordinator says: “In order to achieve this, the European Union must quickly agree on more ambitious reduction targets aiming at an emission reduction of 40 percent compared to 1990 levels until 2020.”
Sina Doughan, spokesperson of German Young Greens adds: „Currently the energy and environmental policies of minister Altmaier slithers past a decentralized and democatratic energy turnaround. But only if emissions are reduced locally and the transformation to a sustainable eco-social society is implemented, these goals can be realized and come up to a global responsibility.”
While negotiations will take place in Qatar, FYEG is organizing the seminar “COP 18 Climate Change Workshop: Europe, move forward!” educating people about one of the most important processes of our time and providing them with the knowledge and skills to pressure their respective national governments to take ambitious and timely action.
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