African Group expects good faith negotiations with developed countries

11:18, December 12, 2009      

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African countries on Thursday urged the developed economies to fulfill their commitments to provide timely adaptation funds as the U.N. Climate Change Conference continue.

The funds they have demanded include 100 billion U.S. dollars on mitigation costs and 200 billion dollars on adaptation, according to the African Group.

The figure should be elevated to appropriate levels by 2050, the bloc indicated in a statement.

However, it said, the developed countries have yet to put any meaningful reduction numbers and time frames on the table.

Africa, said the statement, is the most threatened continent by climate change and therefore the developed countries should honor their commitments in the Kyoto Protocol by setting ambitious targets and time frames by Friday for a second commitment period that begins in 2013.

In that regard, Africa supports a long-term global goal based on science and call for a 50-percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2050, the statement said.

They also reiterated that the long-term goal must be supported by legally binding mid-term greenhouse gas emission targets by developed countries of at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80-95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The call for commitments was echoed by Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, chairperson of the Group of 77 and China. He urged the United States to share responsibility in financing a climate deal that "is necessary to stop the world from immeasurable suffering."

Source: Xinhua
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