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Norway’s PM attracts COP 16 criticism. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg believes his input at the COP16 Climate Summit in Cancun could be decisive to a new climate agreement. Environmentalists claim he is just lifting the pressure off rich countries. The Prime Minister, who is the only leader from a western country at the Summit,  represents both the Advisory Group on Climate Finance (AGF), as well as Norway in anti-deforestation negotiations (REDD +) and the Kyoto Protocol. “If we do not use this meeting to move forward together, we have not only lost an important opportunity, we have also lost precious time. We risk losing the confidence of the world that we are at all capable of pulling together to meet the challenge of climate change,” he said at his main address to the delegates earlier this week.

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Norway’s PM attracts COP 16 criticism

Published on Friday, 10th December, 2010 at 15:51 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg believes his input at the COP16 Climate Summit in Cancun could be decisive to a new climate agreement. Environmentalists claim he is just lifting the pressure off rich countries.

Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg
Photo: Office of the Prime Minister/Flickr


Joint effort

The Prime Minister, who is the only leader from a western country at the Summit,  represents both the Advisory Group on Climate Finance (AGF), as well as Norway in anti-deforestation negotiations (REDD +) and the Kyoto Protocol.

“If we do not use this meeting to move forward together, we have not only lost an important opportunity, we have also lost precious time. We risk losing the confidence of the world that we are at all capable of pulling together to meet the challenge of climate change,” he said at his main address to the delegates earlier this week.

Mr. Stoltenberg stressed two aspects that need to be included in a future agreement: climate change funding along with the establishment of a Green Fund, as well as the conservation of forests.

“Climate financing is not only about funding. It is also about balancing economic interests and responsibilities, and creating trust between countries at all levels of development," he said.

He also mentioned the role of deforestation in reaching the goal of reducing global warming.

“It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to limit global warming to two degrees without a significant reduction in deforestation. […] Now we must agree on how to create good international framework for this area.”

Shallow parry?

Not everybody greeted Mr Stoltenberg’s speech with enthusiasm.

“He mentioned neither the Kyoto agreement, nor that emission cuts must be increased, and said that the Copenhagen agreement is better than its reputation at the press conference afterwards. It’s too defensive,”Lars Haltbrekken of the Friends of the Earth Norway (Naturvenforbundet) told Dagbladet.

Mr. Haltbrekken went on to criticize the Prime Minister’s mild approach towards a climate change agreement.

“He reduces pressure on rich countries when he doesn’t front this. Norway was a lot clearer on these things earlier this week.”

However, Mr. Stoltenberg considers his efforts towards a climate change agreement genuine, and believes his presence at COP 16 is justified.

“I think being here is very significant, both because Norway has been heavily involved in climate change over many years, and because I personally have had a strong commitment to this,” he told Aftenposten.

The Summit officially ends today.




Published on Friday, 10th December, 2010 at 15:51 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: cop16, cancun, climate, summit, mexico, jens, stoltenberg, erik, solheim, friends, earth, norway, lars, haltbrekken, naturvernforbundet, rainforest, co2, carbon, dioxide, kyoto.





  
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