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STATEMENT BY THE CHAIR OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA, JORGE ARGUELLO, AT THE CLOSING OF AWG-KP IN PANAMA

 

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA BY H.E. AMBASSADOR JORGE ARGUELLO, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ARGENTINA TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND CHAIR OF G77 AND CHINA AT THE STOCKTAKING PLENARY OF THE SIXTEENTH SESSION OF THE AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON FURTHER COMMITMENTS UNDER THE KYOTO PROTOCOL (AWG-KP 16, 3rd part) (Panama City, Panama, 7 October 2011)

 

 

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

1. I have the honor to speak on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

 

2. Since this is stocktaking plenary of the resumed session of the 16th AWG-KP, I will be very brief in my remarks.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

3. Only two weeks ago the Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 reaffirmed their political commitment to the adoption of a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol at 35th Annual Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 in New York. In the Ministerial Declaration adopted at that meeting, the Ministers considered that appropriate treatment of mitigation, as determined in the Bali Roadmap, demands a decision on establishing the commitments of the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol at CMP 7 in Durban. There is also a need for developed countries to raise their level of ambition.

 

4. After this intense week of negotiations, the Group of 77 and China would like to reaffirm that:

 

-   It is of the utmost importance to achieve a comprehensive, balanced and ambitious outcome in Durban in the context of sustainable development and in accordance with the provisions and principles of the Convention, in particular the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. This outcome must fully achieve comprehensive results under the two tracks of the UNFCCC:  the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA).

 

-       The Group of 77 and China emphasizes that the Kyoto Protocol is a cornerstone of the climate change regime. We believe that the Kyoto Protocol is essential in enhancing the ambition of developed countries.

 

-        In this regard, the establishment of Annex I commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol is the central priority for Durban. Any other result would undermine the rules-based multilateral response to climate change under the UNFCCC and cast a shadow over our shared commitment to multilateralism.

 

-           In our road to Durban, Parties must work constructively to ensure that there is no gap between the first and the second commitment periods.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

5.  The Bali Road Map indicates very clearly that the LCA track has to advance in parallel with the KP track, and that is the only way we can attain the successful, comprehensive and balanced outcome that we all want in Durban.

6. Let me assure you once again that the G77 and China remains fully committed to this negotiations and will continue to support you in your efforts to ensure that Durban is a success. The Group of 77 and China would also like to reiterate the full support to the leadership of the incoming Presidency of the CMP7, South Africa.

 

7. At the same time, and once more, we extend our appreciation to the generosity of the people and government of Panama for the excellent and warm atmosphere they provided for our meetings.

 

I thank you, Mr. Chairman

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