LIMA, Peru, – Leaders of the Asia-Pacific countries expressed their willingness to work together to “confront the challenge of climate change,” which they agreed “will be crucial to the wellbeing of future generations.”
At the close of their annual meeting Sunday in Lima, the heads of state and government belonging to the Asia-Pacific Economic Council, APEC, affirmed their support for “decisive and effective long term cooperation now, up to and beyond 2012 to address climate change” under the United Nations process.
The language in the final statement echoes that in proposals put forward by Chinese President Hu Jintao.
“All parties should, in keeping with the requirement of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol and the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities,” actively conduct negotiations for the implementation of the “Bali Roadmap” and take effective policy measures in light of their respective conditions to mitigate climate change,” the Chinese president said in his proposal.
The APEC leaders statement supports “a global emission reduction goal” for heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions that is the primary issue to be negotiatied through the UN process.
The next step in this process is a 12 day set of talks opening in Poland December 1. An agreement acceptable to all parties is to be finalized in Copenhagen in December 2009. The agreement will follow the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
“We also noted the declaration in this regard by the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit held in July this year,” the APEC leaders stated.
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