Comments from Davey
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change UK, said the following regarding the COP19 meeting:
‘The UK’s key objective for the Warsaw climate change talks has been met. All nations have now agreed to start their homework to prepare for a global climate change deal in 2015, The world now has a work programme, with timetables. With the long negotiations in Poland showed there are many tough talks ahead of us, the determined diplomacy of the UK and EU achieved our aims, building alliances with our friends across the world.
‘From a new rulebook and finance to strengthen our work to tackle deforestation around the world to a vital new package on measuring, reporting and verifying emissions, this was a conference that dealt with the nuts and bolts for the global agreement we believe is possible in 2015.
‘By announcing the UK was joining the US in their policy of ending support for public financing of new coal fired power plants overseas, combined with our extra help for some of the world’s poorest to adapt to the climate change that is already seriously affecting many communities, the UK continued its strong record of leading on climate change action.‘
Sustaining the world’s forests
Key international partners came together to announce fresh action to protect forests and reduce GHG emissions via the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) at COP 19. Working with the World Bank, the Kingdom of Norway, the UK and the USA all announced significant resources for a new initiative called ‘BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes’ which is a joint public/private partnership established to help to combat the loss of the world’s forests with the aim to significantly reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation before 2020.
‘This initiative is needed in order to demonstrate REDD+ results that are large scale taking a cross sectorial approach and allowing for different social, political and administrative circumstances. In addition, we believe that a combination of public and private initiatives can produce exciting results,’ said Norwegian Minister for Climate and the Environment, Tine Sundtoft.
Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd
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