AOSIS rejects calls for real engagement at COP 15
The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on Tuesday rejected calls by some world leaders, including the biggest polluters, to stall a legally binding outcome at next months United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen.
The grouping of most vulnerable states instead maintained that the developed nations should continue to build on actions already undertaken.
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Ghana said anything less than a comprehensive binding agreement represents lack of trust by developed countries towards the developing, least developed and vulnerable countries.
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We have noted the reiteration of commitments to a legally binding outcome. We want and expect nothing less, said Bangladeshs Foreign Secretary, Mohamed Mijarul Quayes.
He said that there must be clear, predictable commitments for cuts, financing and technology transfer not as an expression of nicety, or the spirit of a Good Samaritan, but as an acknowledgement of responsibility and a commitment to secure the common future of all of us.
The AOSIS Chair highlighted the vulnerability of small island states and urged parties, who will return for COP 15, December 7-18, to agree on real commitments to action that will ensure protection is offered to the most vulnerable states on the planet.
I’m speaking as an islander but I am sure there are continental countries that will be affected in a very adverse way if we do not take actions that are consistent with what scientists say, said
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