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APEC Parties to UNFCC pledge to work together, strengthen collaboration, establish networks

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

APEC economies that were Par­ties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to work actively and constructively towards a comprehensive post-2012 arrangement at this year’s UNFCCC Conference of the Par­ties, reported The Australian (10/9/2007, p.6).

Working towards a common understanding: They pledged their strong support for Indonesia in its role as Presi­dent of the Conference and agreed to work to achieve a common understanding on a long-term aspirational global emissions reduction goal to pave the way for an effective post-2012 international arrangement. They agreed to work through bilateral, regional and global part­nerships to promote clean devel­opment, recognising that the United Nations climate process is the appropriate multilateral forum for interna­tional negotiations on climate change.

Summarising the APEC action agenda: The Parties said they had decided to:

• highlight the importance of improving energy efficiency by working towards achieving an APEC-wide regional aspirational goal of a reduction in energy intensity of at least 25 per cent by 2030 (with 2005 as the base year);

• work to achieve an APEC-wide aspirational goal of increasing forest cover in the region by at least 20 million hectares of all types of forests by 2020;

• establish an Asia-Pacific Network for Energy Technology to strengthen collaboration on energy research in the region, particularly in areas such as clean fossil energy and renewable energy sources;

• establish an Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation to enhance capacity building and strengthen information sharing in the forestry sector; and

• further measures in trade in environmental goods and services, aviation transport, alternative and low-carbon energy uses, energy security, the protection of marine biological resources, policy analysis capabilities and a co-benefit approach.

The Australian, 10/9/2007, p. 6

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