Durban Climate change conference: Lord Prescott is calling on all nations to ‘Stop The Clock’ on the Kyoto Treaty

Strasbourg, 01.12.2011 - “The clock is ticking on the Kyoto Protocol. Unless agreement is reached at Durban, the global agreement on targets and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions negotiated at Kyoto will almost certainly expire without any binding targets or actions agreed for the period 2012-20,” today warned Lord Prescott (United Kingdom, SOC), former rapporteur on climate change for the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe (PACE) and Kyoto Treaty signatory. He called on the Kyoto Protocol, which ends in 2012, to be extended by all countries until a new climate change agreement can be reached.

“The only option that will keep the principles of spirit of Kyoto alive and provide a breathing space for negociations to hammer out an agreement and give parties the confidence to press ahead with their national emissions reduction efforts in the meantime, is to stop the clock on Kyoto,” he added.

“We urge all world leaders to support this proposal, which we believe is the only way at this late stage that the achievements of Kyoto can be saved and the hope of a new agreement kept alive,” Mr Prescott stressed.

“The principle that the developed countries must bear the greatest burden in tackling the global climate change problem must remain central to any agreement. Any new agreement should also reflect poverty levels in each country, uphold social justice and recognise the right of poorer countries to industrial development,” he concluded.

Lord Prescott and Sir Alan Meale (United Kingdom, SOC) will be in Durban to present the PACE proposal ‘Stop the Clock, Save our Planet’ to the climate change conference and the Inter-Parliamentary Union on Monday 5 December at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Kings Park Sporting Precinct, Durban (South Africa) at 11.00 am local time.