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Island Nations Propose Two Protocols To Secure Their Survival

December 10, 2009|The Alliance of Small Island States

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 10, 2009 - The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)* on Thursday announced a proposal designed to safeguard the Earth's climate system and to secure the future survival of its 43 members.

"AOSIS members are at the front line of the devastating impacts of climate change. Today we have put forward a proposal for a legally binding agreement to secure the twin objectives of survival of the Kyoto Protocol and to strengthen the UNFCCC with a new 'Copenhagen' Protocol that can be adopted here in Copenhagen", said Ambassador Dessima Williams of Grenada.

"Our proposal does forward amendments to secure a strengthened second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol and put forward a new Protocol to be adopted under the Convention which would result in legally binding targets for the USA", said Ambassador Collin Beck of the Solomon Islands.

"We believe our proposal provides a fresh way of looking at how the existing proposals from many different countries can be assembled into a coherent legal form whilst maintaining the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol and the primacy of the UNFCCC as the legitimate international forum for combating climate change and its adverse effects", said Ambassador Antonio Lima of Cape Verde.

"This proposal will help countries not only to adapt to climate change but also to achieve our national goal of becoming a carbon neutral country", said Minister Mohamed Aslam of the Republic of the Maldives.

AOSIS CONTACTS: Mr. Michael Bascombe, Press Officer, AOSIS, mbascombe@gmail.com +45 27 32 85 95 H.E. Ambassador Dessima Williams, Chair, AOSIS, Grenada H.E. Ambassador Antonio Lima, Vice-Chair, AOSIS, Cape Verde H.E. Ambassador Colin Beck, Vice-Chair, AOSIS, Solomon Islands Mr Mohamed Aslam, Minister for Environment, Maldives Mr. Leon Charles, AOSIS Technical Co-ordinator, Grenada Prof. Al Binger, Grenada: yengar@hotmail.com +45 53 95 31 64

Background and overview of the AOSIS Proposal

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has drawn up a proposal designed to safeguard the Earth's climate system and to secure the future survival of its 43 members, and the other low-lying and vulnerable developing countries at the front line of the devastating impacts of climate change.

Since its inception in 1989, AOSIS has persistently called for the adoption of legally binding instruments to codify the emission reduction targets, financial commitments and institutional mechanisms necessary to underpin a robust global response to the most serious challenge of a generation.

The AOSIS proposal secures the twin objectives of survival of the Kyoto Protocol and also strengthens the UNFCCC in accordance with the Bali Action Plan. The proposal does this by putting forward amendments to secure new and deeper post-2012 emission reduction targets for industrialised countries currently bound by the Kyoto Protocol. The new targets would also be reflected in a new Protocol to be adopted under the Convention, sitting side-by-side with legally binding targets for the USA.

AOSIS is making its proposal available to all Parties as an effort to facilitate negotiations underway in Copenhagen under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. AOSIS believes its proposal provides a fresh look at how existing proposals and negotiating texts can be assembled into a coherent and legally binding form that both preserves Kyoto Protocol, as well as the primacy of the UNFCCC as the overarching international framework for addressing climate change and its adverse effects

The proposed new protocol, called the Copenhagen Protocol in anticipation of its adoption at COP-15, cover other issues in the Bali Action Plan which need to be captured in a legally binding form if a comprehensive, balanced and effective package deal is to emerge from Copenhagen. These issues include mandatory financial and technological support from developed countries to help developing countries take actions to reduce greenhouse emissions and to adapt to the adverse consequences, delivered through a new Multilateral Fund for Climate Change.

The AOSIS proposal envisages the adoption by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties and the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP-5) of supplementary decisions to accompany the new instruments to enable a 'fast start', so that actions to combat climate change and adapt to its impacts can begin to be scaled up immediately. Work on these issues, including on capacity building, technology, adaptation and REDD+, are nearing completion at Copenhagen.

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