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de Brún Welcomes Positive European Parliament Position on Climate Change

16 November, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Speaking today from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Sinn Féin MEP welcomed the adoption in plenary of a resolution on the upcoming UN climate change negotiations in Durban.

de Brún who will be travelling to Durban as part of the European Parliament's official delegation said,

"It is an encouraging sign that such a strong majority of MEPs endorsed a largely positive and ambitious resolution which addressed many key issues with regard to the approaching climate change negotiations.

"The resolution demonstrated support for a continuation of the Kyoto Protocol - a crucial binding international agreement which commits industrialised countries to reduce emissions and stated that the EU must show leadership on the global stage in this respect.

"MEPs also expressed a desire that the EU help reach an agreement on funding sources and the management of a green climate fund to support developing countries who must be helped to avoid the 'dirty development path'.

"It is also great news that MEPs approved higher EU ambitions regarding the current 20% emissions reduction target. We must realise that moving to a target of over 20% will be massively beneficial to the economy and not harmful.

“The incredible potential for green growth simply can not be ignored any longer, especially at a time of such severe economic hardship for many." CRÍOCH/END

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