UN Climate Statement / 12 Dec, 2008
EU Deal on Climate Welcomed by Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer

FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE - Secretariat
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UNFCCC CHIEF WELCOMES EU DEAL ON CLIMATE

The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer, welcomed the news that the European Union has reached an agreement on climate change.

"The European Union's climate deal sends a clear message to the negotiations in Poznan and onwards to Copenhagen that difficult roadblocks can be overcome and resolved," he said.

"This is a sign of developed countries' resolve and courage that the world has been waiting for in Poznan! It shows the world that ambitious emission reduction goals by 2020 are in line with moving economic recovery in a green direction. This will contribute to propelling the world towards a strong, ambitious and ratifiable outcome in Copenhagen in 2009," he said.

About the UNFCCC

With 192 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has to date 183 member Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.