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Russia calls for prompt steps to draft new international climate agreement

July 11, 2014, 8:56 UTC+3 (Adds details

Russia was paying priority attention to settlement of most important ecology problems and would continue its active participation, an official says

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GUIYANG, July 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia complies with all of its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol but calls for prompt steps to draft a new international climate agreement, presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said at the Eco Forum Global Annual Conference 2014 in Guiyang, the capital city of Southwestern China's Guizhou Province, on Friday, July 11.

“Russia is one of the leaders in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is calling for quick steps to draft a new climate agreement that would be universal in scope and comprehensive in nature,” he said.

Ivanov believes that a new agreement may contain different climate obligations for industrialised and developing nations.

He said Russia was paying priority attention to settlement of most important ecology problems and would continue its active participation in all the processes to lower the anthropogenic affects on the climate.

The ecology problems are connected directly with the growth issues.

“The mankind requires a new development model, which, on one hand, could be effective for the society’s wellbeing, and, on the other hand, could help avoiding excessive pressure on the nature,” Ivanov said.

Since 1976, Russia has been cooperating with the UN program on the environment, he added.

He gave an example of effective cooperation with the UN program on the ecology aspect in preparations and organisation of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The cooperation has resulted in truly “green” status of the Games, he said.

Ivanov stressed discussions of various aspects of the environment protection should be more active at multi-lateral international organisations, including the CIS, BRICS, SCO. APEC, ASEAN and G-20.

As for Russia, Ivanov named among the country’s major directions of the ecology policies reduction of losses in the biological diversity. Over past ten years, the area of specially protected natural zones in the Russian Federation grew by over five million hectares, the government has organised two national reserves, ten parks, and areas of five reserves and of one national park grew, he said.

“This, specially protected natural territories take lightly under three percent of Russia’s territory,” the presidential chief of staff said. “We plant to have them grow in future.

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