African leaders attending the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark have continued to emphasize on the need for the UNCCC to live up to the noble principle of protecting the climate system for the benefit of the present and future generations. The leaders have also been urged to ensure that they do not lose sight of the key tenets of the convention as they seek to come to an agreement on a post-Kyoto regime. Kenya’s president attending the convention has said that the UNCCC is very clear with regards to equity and responsibility of different factors.
“The Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities,” the president said. The President called on developed countries to assist developing countries like Kenya, to access appropriate technologies at realistic costs to enable them effectively address Climate Change concerns.
Moreover, industrialized countries should provide support to developing countries through capacity building programmes. Industrialized nations should not only commit to deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, but also make solid agreements on the provision of technological and financial assistance to poor countries. Saying Africa collectively advocates for this position (democratic will) while the entire G-77 and China are in agreement, the President said the voice of the majority needs to be heard and to be respected.
The President pointed out that his Government supports Africa’s position to give top priority to adaptation programs that are funded predictably and sufficiently. Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, said that Africa is not prepared to accept empty words and agreements that undermine its fundamental interest. Zenawi demanded that about 40 percent of the start-up fund be earmarked for Africa and proposed that it should be administered by the African Development Bank under the board of trustees composed of equal number of donors and recipient countries.
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