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Lima conference is a step towards an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol

2014-12-15

The Lima conference has been an important step forward in determining climate change management post 2020. ‘Lithuania finds it important that a new agreement binding on all the countries is approved by the end of 2015 at the latest. Only this can ensure efforts to mitigate climate change,’ said Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, who has attended the Lima conference.

The conference has reached an agreement on the information that the countries have to provide on their planned actions regarding the climate change mitigation commitments post 2020. This issue was one of the European Union’s key priorities. Of course, the initial information requirements are only a recommendation. It has also been stated that the countries may provide information on adaptation actions as well.

In addition, the conference has discussed the question of how such information should be assessed, so that national contributions are transparent, quantifiable and comparable.

The new agreement to be signed in 2015 will identify actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation and the funding required for this purpose. The agreement should devote due attention to technology and capacity development. It is crucial to ensure the transparency of actions and funds’ use.

The text of the decision calls on the developed countries to provide assistance to developing countries. The Lima conference has also agreed on actions mitigating climate change before 2020.

A decision has been taken on the extensively discussed issue of loss and damage resulting from climate change impacts, and on the future activities of the Executive Committee established to solve this issue.

The work on the accounting of the second climate change mitigation commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, reporting and review rules will be continued at further meetings.

Despite this, the EU is ready to implement its quantitative commitments for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions set out in the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2013–2020.

The Paris climate change conference that will take place in December 2015 is expected to sign an international agreement on climate change mitigation that would replace the Kyoto Protocol from 2020.

Public Information Division
15/12/2014

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