UNFCCC: “Common but differentiated responsibilities” to play important role

By Xinhua

Bali, Indonesia : Yvo de boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, told a press conference here on Sunday that that the “principle of common but differentiated responsibilities” will play an important role at the Bali meeting.

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The U.N. official made the remarks while answering a question asked by Xinhua. He said many developing countries are just beginning to develop their economies and just beginning to eradicate poverty. These countries need room for economic growth.

Developed nations should take the lead and take greater responsibility in emission reductions, he said.

A number of developing countries, including China and India, are saying that they are willing to act on the climate change issue, he said.

Meanwhile, he said financial resources will have to be provided by the international community to help the developing nations in this regard.

The 13th session of the UNFCCC will be held in Bali, a resort island of Indonesia, from Dec. 3 to 14. Over 180 countries, represented by some 10,000 delegates, will take part in the conference.

The main purpose of the meeting is to begin negotiations for a new climate change regime to replace the 1997 Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012.