Least Developed Countries call on developed countries to fulfill commitments on climate change

12:43, December 17, 2009      

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the plenary session of the UNFCCC high-level segment in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 16, 2009. World leaders attending the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen started to give their speeches on Wednesday, second day of the high-level segment of the conference. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on Wednesday called on developed countries to fulfill their commitments on climate change at the U.N. climate conference here.

Pakalitha Mosisili, prime minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, delivered a statement on behalf of the LDCs in the high-level segment of the conference on Wednesday.

He said the LDCs supported the objective and spirit of the Kyoto Protocol, which commits developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and "future commitments by developed countries should include their obligations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45 percent by 2020 and by at least 95 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels".

The LDCs would also like to see developed countries fulfill their commitments by supporting the Least Developed Countries in fighting climate change with finance, technology and capacity building, Mosisili said.

He said the impacts of climate change were both massive and devastating for the LDCs, with declining agricultural production and frequent outbreaks of new diseases, as well as the threat to the very existence of some low-lying coastal plains and some small island states.


Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the plenary session of the UNFCCC high-level segment in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 16, 2009. World leaders attending the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen started to give their speeches on Wednesday, second day of the high-level segment of the conference. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)


Source: Xinhua
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