Global Climate Pact Wins Approval
A British-led group of legislators from around the world has agreed to a nonbinding declaration meant to lay the groundwork for a Kyoto Protocol replacement. While the statement will have no enforceability, organizers hope the agreement will spur momentum after U.N. talks stalled in November.
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Delegates agreed that developing countries will have to face targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions as well as rich countries.
The informal meeting also agreed that a global market should be formed to cap and trade carbon dioxide emissions.
The non-binding declaration is seen as vital in influencing a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol, correspondents say.
The forum’s closing statement said man-made climate change was now “beyond doubt”.
“Climate change is a global issue and there is an obligation on us all to take action, in line with our capabilities and historic responsibilities,” said the statement from the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (Globe).
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