"Tremendous amount of work" in climate change still lays before globe, Indonesia says

08:26, December 22, 2009      

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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said here Monday that "we've made sufficient progress" by the recently concluded Copenhagen climate change talks, but noted that a "tremendous amount of work" still lays before the global community.

"We've made sufficient progress we think to have a good launch pad for 2010," said Natalegawa at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York.

For 2010, "we need to work extremely diligently so we can have a legally binding treaty by the middle of next year hopefully," Natalegawa stressed.

Recognizing that the pursuit of a legally binding agreement on climate change was not going to happen as expected, Natalegawa noted the responsibility of countries to ensure that the conference would "mark a significant enough progress" from the Bali Roadmap.

As hosts of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in December 2007, Natalegawa cited the importance of the Bali Roadmaps to "find its good expression" at Copenhagen.

Participating nations adopted the 2007 Bali Roadmap as a two-year process toward finalizing a binding agreement for the 2009 Copenhagen climate change talks.

"We feel not unhappy with the outcome," Natalegawa said. "We are quite encouraged about what has happened at Copenhagen," he said as he outlined that a "tremendous amount of work lays before us in terms of what next."

Noting that prior to Copenhagen, Indonesia had five important issues they were "preoccupied" with, which he said were now "sufficiently addressed."

Included in the five issues, Natalegawa named -- uncompromised standing on limiting the rise of global temperature within 2 degrees Celsius, clear manifestation of developing countries in setting ambitious targets on emissions reduction, concrete delivery on financing, actions by developing countries to bear responsibility for low carbon development paths, and a mechanism in verifying progress.

The two-week climate change conference ended Saturday in the Danish capital with a legally non-binding Copenhagen Accord.

Upholding the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" set by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, the Copenhagen Accord made arrangements for developed countries' compulsory emissions cut and developing countries' voluntary mitigation actions, and included wide consensus on the key issues of long-term global emissions reduction objects, funding and technology support, and transparency.

Source: Xinhua
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