Extract from “BFM on COP21 #2: The Developed and The Developing”

“The New York Times from Nov 4th says ‘Unconditional national commitments made by countries for the Paris meeting are project to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions through 2030 by an average of only 3% below the business as usual average raise of 8%’. This is ‘unconditional’, which means that absolutely we make our commitments, taking it collectively as a whole. But there is a conditional element, and that is what needs to be supported. We can increase awareness, we can do a variety of things, but there is a limit to that. You talk about subsidies, but in developing countries, when you reduce subsidies, it causes a reaction, the government has to take it into account, there are political considerations, there are economic and social considerations, these are the factors that play a very significant role, and that is why what we are asking, very simply is, since you are enhancing the implementation of the convention, for developed countries to fulfil their commitments. Once they fulfil their commitments, once they provide the finance, the technology transfer, the capacity building, then we are on target to handle the emission reductions comfortably without impairing our social and economic growth. It’s a very simple, linear, uncomplex situation. ”
—Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysian Negotiator for the Paris talks and lead spokesman for Like Minded Developing Countries (LMDC)

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