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Important questions related to Lithuania discussed in Doha

2012-12-04

The delegation of Lithuania, which is participating in the two week International Doha Climate Change Conference summoned by the United Nations, is keeping the common EU aligned position.

The main aim is to achieve an agreement with all countries of the world to confirm adjustments of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its annexes, which would later be ratified seeking that the second period of the greenhouse gas emission reduction obligations comes into force on 1 January 2013. The first period of obligations set by the protocol is to end in a few weeks on 31 December.

Almost 200 representatives from various countries of the world are participating in the 18th Doha UNFCCC conference and the 8th Kyoto Protocol meeting. The director of the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Lithuania Vitalijus Auglys says that the negotiations have reached the halfway stage, however it is expected that the agreement would be reached regarding the adjustments of the Kyoto Protocol and its annexes for ratification as well as regarding the transfer of the surplus of the assigned amount units of greenhouse gas emission reduction from the first period (2008-2012) and the  balanced usage regulation in the second period of obligations (2013-2020).

For our country, the latter question is one of the most important out of all issues discussed in Doha . The delegation of is actively discussing it with other EU countries in order to reach the common EU position.

Another important question is financing measures of climate change mitigation and adaption in developing countries. The EU together with other partners is negotiating regarding long-term international financing in relation to climate changes. shares an opinion that a clear agreement should be reached with developing countries, especially with more economically advanced countries, that in order to receive financial support they will also need to contribute to the joint climate change management efforts.

One more important issue to Lithuania is being discussed in Doha. It is preservation of the competitiveness of the EU industry. In order to preserve it, all developed countries and countries with rapid economical growth are to accept ambitious and adequate greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, taking into account the new international climate change management agreement, which is to come into effect from 2020.  The negotiations regarding the legal framework of the new climate change management are only gaining momentum. In the opinion of Vitalijus Auglys, the director of the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Lithuania, if the countries do not reach the agreement during the Doha conference, this issue will be further discussed during the 19th UNFCCC conference, when Lithuania holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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4 December 2012

 


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas