Speaking Thursday at Stanford University, Clark used the destructive effects of the superstorm to set the stage for the UN’s annual climate negotiations taking place in Doha, Qatar from November 26 through December 7.
STANFORD, California, November 13, 2012 (ENS) - “The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the United States and the Caribbean in recent weeks reminds us how destructive extreme and volatile weather can be. The costs of inaction are increasingly clear to all, as extreme weather inflicts loss of life and livelihoods and the destruction of property and infrastructure on communities around the world,” said Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Program. “Yet, out of every problem comes an opportunity.”
At this meeting of governments that are Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, Clark says it is crucial for negotiators to extend the Kyoto Protocol to limit the emission of greenhouse gases responsible for global climate change.
At the UNFCCC talks in Durban last year, member states agreed to a second commitment period for the protocol, ensuring that industrialized countries continue to take the lead on legally binding emission reductions.
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