Talks in Warsaw gain momentum: debates continue concerning commitments on funding and mitigating climate change2013-11-21
According to Valentinas Mazuronis, Minister of Environment of the current Presidency of Council of EU, speaking at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, “the countries involved in the talks on instruments to combat climate change are separated by their understanding on the need for funding and the necessity for all to take on commitments to cut volume of greenhouse gas”. According to the Minister, most marked differences appear between the developed and the developing countries. The European Union is unhappy with some countries that are extremely unwilling to cooperate on the issue.
Yesterday, the conference focussed on funding of instruments for combatting climate change. Although some sessions included more presentations rather than dialogue of the countries, most speakers still stressed the need to raise funds in the Green Climate Fund and the Adjustment Fund, and the necessity to provide funding for instruments combating volume of greenhouse gas and adjustment to the climate change.
The European Union remains a leader in mobilising the funds required for funding of programmes of combatting climate change and adjustment. The Union is also some of the most active stakeholders in drafting the agreement of 2015 and by encouraging the countries to take on ambitious commitments for the period running until 2020.
The EU delegation, run by Valentinas Mazuronis, chairman of the Environment Council of the EU and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Change, is attending the plenary sessions and expert discussions from the early morning till late at night, preparing coordination meetings of the EU Member States, regularly inform the representatives of the European Parliament on the progress of the talks, run bilateral meetings with the third countries or their groups. Over the last few days, seeking to improve the pace of the talks, meetings were held with the representatives of the African countries and the Alliance of Small Island States; there were two meetings with the Chinese chief negotiator, as well as Ministers of Environment of the Republic of South Africa, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
As the Minister Valentinas Mazuronis summarised the meetings of the last few days, “intensive talks involving all the participants of the conference alone can break down the firewall between the rich and the developing countries and to convince the participants of the talks that accomplishment of the objectives depend on common and equivalent effort on the part of all”.
Meetings, both bilateral and multilateral, discussion and presentations on various issues of climate change are also run by the experts of other EU Member States as well as the Ministers of Environment attending the conference in Warsaw. Every day, the EU pavilion, designed and installed by the Lithuanian Presidency, hosts dozens of different events. 2 meeting halls, seating two hundred and forty people, five meeting rooms, office of the EU Council and areas connecting the same premises were decorated with the views of landscape of our country. The premises designed by Lithuania host offices of the European Parliament, European Commission and the Council Secretariat.
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