Medvedev says new climate deal should be based on levels of development

09:28, December 19, 2009      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the climate summit here Friday that a new climate change agreement should be based on countries' levels of development.

Medvedev said the climate conference showed the tension that existed not just for a legally binding agreement but even for a common declaration, which reflected the complexity of the issue of climate change.

Regarding the future process, he said the world needed a more effective mechanism after 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period would expire. The new legal document had to be comprehensive and it had to be based on principles of justice and shared responsibility.

He elaborated that the differentiated responsibility should of course depend on "countries' levels of development."

Medvedev also stressed the important role of green technology in the global effort of fighting climate change. He believed there would be opportunities for a scientific solution to the problem of climate change and it would help the growth of low carbon economies.

Source: Xinhua
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