Cuba Will Ask for Change of Consumption Patterns at Conference on Climate Change

News from Cuba | Friday, 12 June 2009

Cuba will speak out in Copenhagen in favor of a change in irrational patterns of production and consumption, which have put the world on the brink of an economic and environmental catastrophe.

Cuba will present its position on that topic at the COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference to take place in the Danish city on December 7.

Orlando Rey, with the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, told Granma newspaper that the island will reiterate that the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities must be the cornerstone of all multilateral agreements on that topic.

Rey, who will be part of the Cuban delegation to the meeting, specified that the main objective of the encounter is not to reach a new treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, as it has been wrongly stated lately.

The Kyoto Protocol, approved in 1997, established for the industrialized nations that ratified it a first period of commitment expiring in 2012 to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 5.2 percent compared to the rates of 1990.

“Now the main objective is to renew the commitment on a second stage that would start in 2013 to guarantee the continuity and full compliance with the obligations contracted in Kyoto by developed countries,” the expert explained.

He stressed that this topic is on the spotlight of all international debates, while the public opinion is demanding a stronger political will from the historically responsible of global warming.

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