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Sudan Minister speaks on behalf of G77

09/24/09

by: Alex Lopatka, MD, USA

Sudan’s Environment Minister Ahmad Babiker Nahar, spokesman for the Group of 77 and China during the September 22 climate change summit, stated that if Copenhagen is to be a success, the parties already committed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) must fulfill their prior responsibilities and promises. If countries with prior commitments do follow up and do what they said, it will get the ball rolling for other countries that have yet to commit to any emissions reduction target.

Nahar added that, “responses to climate change should be coordinated with social and economic development, the first and overriding priorities of the developing countries, in an integrated manner, with a view to avoiding adverse impact on the latter”. It should be clear to the developed countries by now that developing countries are not going to jump if the developed countries’ feet are firmly cemented to the ground. If we are going to see any change, all countries must be willing to compromise. Developed countries must provide adequare investment funds for development projects and developing countries must commit to binding, ambitious emissions reduction targets that will assuage the fears of the developed countries. There must be a willingness to compromise on the tough issues or there will be no agreement.

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