GLOBE Declaration to the 6th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, 21 November 2000, The Hague, The Netherlands

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GLOBE Members present at the 6th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC:

  • Having regard to the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the results of COP4 and COP5 and the reports of the IPCC,
  • Recognising the importance of bringing the Kyoto Protocol into force by the time the world community meet to review the progresses made since the io Summit,
  • Convinced that a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is a key component to securing a sustainable future,
  • Recognising the life-threatening impact of climate change on the world's biodiversity and the negative effect of climate change on the delicate balance of ecosystems
  • Alarmed by the continued rapid rise of CO2 emissions world-wide
  • Realising that the emission reduction commitments made in Kyoto by Annex 1 countries can only be met through a combination of strong policy measures and insisting that significant domestic emissions abatement, notably through a transformation of national energy systems, is the single most important undertaking by Annex 1 countries,

Call on all participant governments at The Hague to:

  • Ensure that the commitments of the Annex 1 countries lead to an effective and measurable reduction of total GHG emissions;
  • Ensure that a strong and comprehensive system of compliance is established, supported by reliable monitoring and reporting and my measures to discourage non-compliance;
  • Ensure that clear and effective rules are established for the Clean Development Mechanism, giving priority to investments in energy efficiency and renewables;
  • Gaurantee that emissions reduction commitments and flexible mechanisms are enforced, monitored and evaluated with due regard to the concerns of civil society and with their complete participation;
  • Agree that a possible future inclusion of carbon sinks in climate change mitigation will require additional research to eliminate the scientific uncertainties prevailing to make sure that a scientifically and environmentally sound system of definitions and accounting for changes in carbon stocks and removals by sinks is established;
  • Support a system of emissions trading to be introduced but stressing at the same time that such a system must not be a substitute for domestic emissions abatement in Annex 1 countries;
  • Promote the use of the Kyoto Mechanisms as a tool for reaching the emission reduction targets and for building an environmentally sustainable future for both industrialised and developing countries ;
  • Ensure that joint implementation consists of projects that are formally approved by each partner country;
  • Recognise concerns of developing countries, notably LDCs, relating to climate change as well as adaptation to adverse effects of climate change and make serious efforts to mobilise additional resources to support capacity building and technology cooperation and transfer - both as an integral part of the CDM and development cooperation programmes
  • Cooperate with and support the GLOBE family to promote the involvement of legislators in developing the legal framework for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, emphasising the use of clean technologies;

In conclusion, GLOBE members strongly urge the Parties of the UNFCCC to take the leadership to finalise the discussions on the Kyoto Protocol and present it to national parliaments for ratification a soon as possible, and to provide for the implementation of the agreement in national law at the latest by Rio+10. GLOBE members will do everything in their power to support participant governments in these efforts.