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Tough stand on Kyoto

Tevita Vuibau
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FIJI will call on industrialised countries to honour their commitments to the Kyoto Protocol as negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) started in the Arabian city of Doha yesterday.

The Kyoto Protocol sets binding targets for 37 industrialised countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This call comes as local communities continue to feel the impact of climate change including floods, rising sea-levels, storm surges, water shortages and droughts.

A statement from the government yesterday said Fiji would take a stand on the Kyoto Protocol.

"Together with its developing country partners, Fiji is insisting in Doha that all amendments to the Protocol be effective from January 1, 2013, for a five-year period," the statement said.

"And that industrialised countries honour their commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45 per cent during the second commitment period, and by at least 95 per cent by 2020 as compared to 1990 levels."

The statement said Fiji would call on countries that did not back the Kyoto Protocol to make emission reduction commitments.