PH gains support for bid to extend Kyoto Protocol—DFA


MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine call for a five-year extension of the international treaty that binds countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions gained support from representatives of over 20 countries as the next round of global climate treaty talks opened in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said Friday that the call to preserve the Kyoto Protocol, mainly directed at developed countries long criticized for slow action on climate change issues, was delivered to the plenary by Philippine Climate Change Commissioner Naderev Saño.

“We are 35 days away from the end of the first commitment period. A meaningful and effective second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol beginning January 1, 2013, this should be the minimum outcome in Doha,” Saño was quoted as saying in the statement.

Signatories to the treaty are obligated to reduce emissions by an average of 5.2 percent below 1990 levels in a period from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2012.

In its statement, the DFA noted that the Philippine position was supported by countries representing Africa, Asia and Latin America, including Algeria, Argentina, Malaysia, India and China.

The 18th round of talks in Qatar, which will conclude on December 6, was attended by over 17,000 delegates representing 192 countries, the DFA said.

Saño emphasized that more needs to be done, saying that since the treaty was first agreed in 1992, greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 50 percent.

He argued that developed countries must have new emission targets within the range of 40 to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, while ensuring emissions reduction of at least 25 to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2017.

“Without ambitious action, the great majority of the world’s population is doomed. Inaction is simply unacceptable,” he said.

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  • kanoy

    lol ban the RH bill ”go out and multiply like rabbits” want extension on something we keep increasing and doing nothing to limit or lower….what are greenhouse gasses? carbon dioxide=100 million breathing–Exhaled air is rich in carbon dioxide, methane–100 million farting–Hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane are all produced in the gut and released as farts–nitrous oxide–100 million human activities such as agriculture, fossil fuel combustion, wastewater
    management, and industrial processes are increasing the amount of nitrous oxide….we can start eliminating greenhouse gas by passing the RH BILL

    • Mamerto

      Main causes of “greenhouse gas” in our planet…,  are 
      mostly the result of the lifestyle and doings of developed and 1st world nations & 
      NOT by the poor & 3rd world nations who comprise 3/4th of the peoples of this Earth.

      • kanoy

         lol don’t quit your day job King Aquino would be lost without his court jester…but don’t feel are not the only one confused here….
        April 16, 2012

        Confusion as to which government agency should address the issue of
        air pollution in Metro Manila, attributed primarily to motor vehicle
        emissions, is now hogging the Departments of Transportation and
        Communications (DOTC) and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

        While the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) insists that the
        responsibility of ensuring air quality rests on the DOTC, the department
        headed by Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II cried foul over threats of a
        class suit because of worsening air pollution in the capital.

  • Walter_Peterson

    Would China, India and Brazil still be exempted?

    • Mamerto

      Why not include the Ph… in that list..?

      • kanoy

         China, India and Brazil led
        developing nations in saying Japan’s refusal to help extend the
        Kyoto Protocol to curb greenhouse gas emissions may halt work on
        a global accord to combat global warming.

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