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PM Nepal proposes Alliance for Mountain Adaptation in Copenhagen

Posted by NYCA Blogger on December 16, 2009


At the plenary of COP15, the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt Hon M. K. Nepal proposed an alliance of mountain states. This call is a lead up of the summit that Nepal hosted in late August to discuss mountain issues in light of climate change. This high level proposal holds weight as it proposes a new bloc for the following COP meetings.

The PM called for a legally binding treaty that will stabilize atmospheric concentration of GHGs at 350ppm and limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. He also said that coastal and low lying areas are inextricably linked with the mountain systems and seemed to suggest only focusing on the low lying areas is incomplete.

Sustainable development and the achievement of Millennium Development Goals is a clear and overarching priority.

The PM made it clear that Nepal is not a silent spectator has been making efforts and leading the way in many cases. He gave examples of the community forestry programs, the summit at the Basecamp which came out with the declaration aiming to increase forest cover to 40% and increase protected areas. He also communicated Nepal’s goal to be carbon neutral in the long run by using a combination of renewable energies.

The PM reiterated the need to extend and improve commitments under the Kyoto Protocol itself, in line with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

The video of the speech is given below:

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