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De Brún at Copenhagen: “Ambition and clarity now crucial on emissions cuts and financing”

15 December, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Approaching the start of the high level segment of the Copenhagen climate talks, Irish GUE/NGL MEP for the Six Counties Bairbre de Brún has stressed the importance of getting ambitious and clear figures both on emissions reductions and financing.

Speaking from Copenhagen, Ms de Brun said: “We need to know what real emissions reductions will be made and to know that the necessary financing will be made available to fund the actions to tackle climate change and its effects” said Ms de Brún.

“The developed world must agree ambitious targets that reflect the latest science.. Science tells us that industrialised countries should reduce emissions by 40% by 2020 and 80-95% by 2050”. Developing world engagement with adequate finance from rich countries is also essential.

“On the issue of short term finance for immediate action for the most vulnerable countries – such action needs to begin now, at the end of this week, not in six months or a year” she said, “those vulnerable countries facing drought or those requiring flood and storm protections simply cannot wait”.

Ms de Brún was speaking after the European Parliament delegation to the Copenhagen summit met with Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. At the climate talks, Mr. de Boer emphasised the need for considerable short-term financing in the next three years and a stable and predictable stream of financing after that. CRÍOCH

NOTES TO EDITORS / NEWSDESKS: You can keep up to date with Bairbre's participation in the COP-15 Conferece by following her Twitter page as well as reading up to the minute Blog Posts at Photographs are also available from

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