President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President to attend the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

2009-12-17

Thursday, December 17, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė will travel on a working visit to Copenhagen to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP5).

The purpose of the high-level meeting is to reach a political agreement among the world nations which would ensure that all countries assume responsibility and financial commitments of countering climate change.

Such a political agreement would set forth the ultimate long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serve as a cornerstone document to replace the Kyoto Protocol after 2012.

Speaking in the European Council in Brussels last week, President Grybauskaitė underlined that EU countries would keep to the principle of fairness in fighting climate change.

The President welcomed the fact that the European Council took into consideration Lithuania's request that the member states should compensate the developing countries for their efforts to reduce pollution to the extend provided by their individual financial capacities.

In Brussels, the European leaders discussed the EU preparations for the Climate Change Conference and agreed on joint financial commitments to be undertaken by the member states in Copenhagen.

The success of the Copenhagen conference will depend on whether or not the major world nations (the United States, China and India), the European Union and other countries agree on the commitments to be assumed for reducing greenhouse effects and countering climate change.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.12.17 10:24

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