THE GREENS/EFA IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
PRESS RELEASE – Nairobi, 17 November 2006
Nairobi meeting fails to respond to the urgency of the climate challenge
Commenting on the scandalously slow progress on longer term commitments to address climate change at the UN climate change talks in Nairobi, Satu Hassi , member of the European Parliament delegation to the talks, said:
“These negotiations have not responded to the urgency of the climate challenge. The recent Stern report adds to the body of scientific evidence confirming the need for a swift and meaningful response. Against this background, it is particularly regrettable that the talks failed to give ambitious guidance or set a fixed timetable for post 2012 negotiations. The EU has to take a bolder leadership role and ensure climate policy is placed at the top of the agenda for heads of state, as well as in terms of foreign policy.
“The Stern report has made it clear that time is money with regard climate protection, quite apart from the devastation that will result from the failure to respond sufficiently. The small advances achieved in this meeting on the Adaptation Fund are over-shadowed by the failure to provide any certainty on the continuance of the carbon market after 2012. Continuity of the carbon market is crucial for encouraging business to invest in clean and intelligent technologies. Ensuring continuity is also crucial to the interest of the developing world, since levies on the market mechanisms are the only realistic and reliable source of financing for adaptation or creating incentives for addressing deforestation.
“The concerns of developing countries on intellectual property rights, which are seen as a true obstacle to deploying clean technologies, must be treated with the seriousness they deserve. In addition, measures to reward the maintenance of tropical forests and avoid deforestation are urgently needed. This would recognise one of the concrete ways in which developing countries can and are making a substantial contribution to the international efforts to combat climate change.”