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de Brún tells European Parliament: "Keep up the pressure on Climate Change"

20 January, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Speaking in this weeks key debate in the European Parliament Ms de Brún said:

"I am deeply disappointed at the failure of the Copenhagen conference to agree an ambitious, legally binding deal

"The world needs to know what real emissions reductions will be made and to know that the necessary financing will be made available to developing countries to tackle climate change and its effects. We need clarity about exactly who will provide this finance, how much each developed country will provide and how and when it will be provided.

"Industrialised countries have been given until February to commit to their emission reduction pledges. The EU must commit to 40% by 2020 and 80-95% by 2050 in line with the latest science and must not make such pledges dependent on the actions of others..

"The failure of the developed world to deal fairly with the needs and concerns of the developing world is particularly disappointing and it is the most vulnerable countries that will suffer disproportionately from the unsatisfactory outcome of the Copenhagen summit

"The lack of a legally binding deal means that the future of our planet could be very bleak. In the long run, no country or actor has benefited from this absence of progress.

"It is now crucial that we keep up the pressure for far greater progress in 2010

"There cannot be a repeat of the lack of political will demonstrated in Copenhagen. The need for a comprehensive and binding treaty is urgent as is the need to pledge new and adequate finances. We need strong political leadership to have any chance of fighting climate change. "

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