"The political declaration negotiated after the Copenhagen conference lacks ambition and does not provide any answer to climate change, based on solidarity and equity," said Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). "Recognition of the need to limit temperatures to two degrees above pre-industrial levels, and the fund of 100 billion dollars per year by 2020 for developing countries, count for little considering the challenges that we will have to face in the decades to come," he added. "This text does not set any quantified and binding targets for countries concerning reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, the creation of an international body to verify the implementation of the commitments made by each country, binding them legally, was not agreed," he stressed.
" Despite some progress, the failure to take concrete decisions in Copenhagen is a missed opportunity, given the size of the problem. By delaying action, rich countries are threatening food security and the access to water or land of already vulnerable people. These people risk being forced to move, swelling the ranks of climate refugees," said the President.
" I regret that the final result is so far from the proposals contained in the resolution adopted by the Assembly ahead of the Copenhagen Conference. We have a responsibility to act quickly, and must already turn our minds to what comes after Copenhagen. In this regard, parliamentary action must be regarded as a useful lever, as parliamentarians can influence policies in international negotiations on climate change. PACE will make every effort to encourage parliaments to take action on this critical issue and to provide a framework for debate," concluded Mr de Puig.
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