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UN Secretary General says Russia has huge potential in settling climate change issues

December 10, 2014, 8:36 UTC+3 UN
A major climate change conference is held in Peru these days
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UN, December 10. /TASS/. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Russia has a huge potential for settlement of the problems related to the climate change.

The UN press service reported he had a meeting with Russia’s presidential envoy on climate Alexander Bedritsky on the sidelines of the 20th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru.

The secretary general said he hopes Russia will continue its efforts to achieve a universal agreement on cutting emissions in Paris in 2015.

Participants in the conference in Lima are expected to agree on a new document replacing the Kyoto Protocol. The forum features 10,300 delegates representing 196 countries and non-government organizations.

On December 3, Russia’s Minister of Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy while commenting on discussions in Peru’s capital city said “countries should themselves outline their obligations” in cutting emissions of the greenhouse gases. The minister said the new agreement’s term “should be sufficient for launching the programmes for economic modernization and technical re-equipment, namely for ten years, that is to 2030.”

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which commits its Parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005. The detailed rules for the implementation of the Protocol were adopted at COP 7 in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2001.

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