UN climate conference without result

Germany and the EU regret failure negotiations

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The 15th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York ended without a final declaration. Reason: Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel refused to sign the document submitted on behalf of the European Union, because no concrete climate protection measures were foreseen.

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"The European Union deeply regrets that the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was unable to agree on a challenging text on energy, climate, air pollution and industrial development.", Gabriel, in his capacity as representative of the EU Presidency, together with EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, commented on the decision.

The UN Climate Change Conference met in New York to advance the commitments on sustainable development that were made in the 2002 Johannesburg Action Plan.

"The world expects the UN to take concrete steps to address issues such as the fight against poverty through access to affordable and sustainable energy, increased energy efficiency, renewable energy development, climate change and air quality improvement. For this reason, the European Union has worked tirelessly for the last two weeks to negotiate meaningful communication, "continued Gabriel. display

More ambitious commitments necessary

"The challenges of climate change, secure energy supply and air pollution are even more apparent today than they were five years ago. They demand stronger and more ambitious commitments from international politics. It is a pity that the CSD 15 was unable to live up to this expectation, "said Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the Environment.

In the CSD negotiations, the EU used, among other things, concrete timetables for the development of renewable energies, the inclusion of energy policy in national planning from 2010, an energy verification mechanism within the CSD and an international agreement on energy efficiency. The EU sees this as essential elements in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

(BMU, 14.05.2007 - DLO)