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6. 12. 2012

Climate negotiations in Doha – Green Group foreign ministers on science

Ljubljana, 6 December 2012 – From 27 November to 7 December 2012, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol is taking place in Doha, Qatar. The governments monitor greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Framework Convention, provide reports and develop strategies on climate change. This year, state representatives are calling for more action to tackle climate change. Foreign ministers of the six Green Group member states, including Slovenia, took this opportunity to publish a text with a view to incorporating environmental topics into the foreign policy agendas of UN Member States.

The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 was the first step towards facing climate change; according to it, the majority of industrialised nations are ready for change in order to save the global climate also through specialised mechanisms. The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol is expiring. As a result, the second commitment period is currently under discussion in Doha in order for it to come into force on 1 January 2013.

Slovenia puts special emphasis on scientific evidence as a basis for political action against climate change. To this end, Slovenia will host the second Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in July 2013, where the authors of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate change will harmonise the details of the document. The IPCC functions as a bridge between science on climate change and politics.

Slovenia was the initiator of the Green Group, which brings together the foreign ministers of Iceland, Costa Rica, Singapore, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates and Cape Verde. The purpose of the Green Group is to highlight the significance of environmental issues within foreign policy agendas. Cooperation focuses on climate change, renewables, sustainable development and sustainable water management. Prior to the conclusion of the Conference in Doha, the Green Group presented a text entitled 'Science for the Earth to Maintain Balance'.

Science for the Earth to Maintain Balance