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Climate Change: International Co-operation

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his priorities will be for the forthcoming Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Government are committed to making further progress at the Conference of the Parties in Durban on implementing what we achieved at Cancun last year by continuing to put in place the global climate architecture (including for climate finance, adaptation, forests, technology and measuring and reporting emissions). We also want to make progress towards a single legally binding instrument which commits all major economies to binding targets to lower their emissions and, recognising that the emissions reduction pledges on the table so far are collectively not ambitious enough to be consistent with keeping the increase in global temperatures below 2°, we need to make progress in reaching, a common understanding on the size of this gap and how we can close it.

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