Minister discusses global climate change in Poland

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Minister of Development recently joined his counterparts in a high level discussion on global climate change at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.

Members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened to discuss matters related to a new global climate agreement dubbed the “2015 Agreement” that will shape the post-2020 global climate, economic and development agendas; climate finance that would enable the entire world to move towards low-carbon development and setting up of an institutional arrangement that would help vulnerable populations to respond to impacts of climate change.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Development (MoD), Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, Minister of Development, said the new 2015 Agreement needs to encompass a balanced treatment of important elements.

These include mitigation, adaptation and the means of implementation, in accordance with the principles and provisions of the convention, and that there should be a strong link between the pre-2020 and the post-2020 actions and ambition, that can be built upon and enhanced, based on existing arrangements.

The minister also called for an immediate ratification of the amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, to ensure further commitments of parties, particularly the Annex I Parties, to reduce greenhouse gases in the second commitment period.

In this regard, YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi informed the conference that Brunei Darussalam has initiated the national process for the ratification of the amendment.

On the issue of climate finance, the minister called for the commitment of Annex I Parties to provide financial resources to the climate fund and make immediate pledges towards the goal of making available the US$100 billion per year for the implementation of the convention by 2020.

The minister also called for parties to address the outstanding issues of barriers to technology development and transfer that has long been mandated by the convention.

Citing the devastating effect of Supertyphoon Haiyan on the Philippines, Vietnam, Palau and Micronesia, the minister expressed Brunei’s support for the proposal made by the Group 77 and China for the establishment of an international mechanism for ‘loss an damage’ that would assist countries in addressing the adverse impacts of climate change.

The minister also reaffirmed the nation’s commitment and obligations, particularly in undertaking nationally appropriate mitigation and adaptation actions, in accordance with the provisions and principles of the convention, and continued efforts of addressing and combating climate change as a moral obligation and responsibility.

This includes the government’s initiative in diversifying the economy away from the oil and gas sector, into areas such as resource efficiency and food security, and the continued commitment in the implementation of the Heart of Borneo Initiative.

The minister also participated in the ministerial roundtable dialogues on market approaches for enhanced climate actions, climate finance and the enhanced actions under the Durban Platform.

The High-Level Segment of the 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC and the 9th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9) was held from November 11 to 22.

The minister’s delegation comprised senior officials from the MoD and the Attorney General’s Chamber.

The Brunei Times