Ban welcomes deal reached at Durban climate talks

 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Durban press conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Durban press conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the set of decisions reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Dubbed the Durban Platform, these decisions include the launch of a protocol or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period for the existing Kyoto Protocol and the launch of the Green Climate Fund.

194 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have agreed on the Platform after extended negotiations over the weekend.

The new measures include setting up a Technology Mechanism that will promote access by developing countries to clean, low-carbon technologies, and establishing an Adaptation Committee that will coordinate adaptation activities on a global scale.

Mr. Ban has said that the Durban Platform represents a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the coming years.

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