STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta and Andrew Light on the Outcome of the Durban Climate Negotiations
Washington, D.C. — Today, as the Durban Package was announced at the 17th Meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17), Center for American Progress Chair John Podesta and CAP Senior Fellow Andrew Light released the following statement:
John Podesta, Chair of the Board of the Center for American Progress, said: "I want to congratulate Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, and his team on a successful outcome at Durban and applaud the strong interagency process that the administration employed to shape this agreement. The Obama administration saw an excellent opportunity here to push China into an agreement to play by the same rules as everyone else and took it. China is in line to be the world’s biggest cumulative emitter by mid-century and as early as 2035. From the perspective of solving this problem we can not get to any workable resolution unless we can trust the reductions China takes and have a roadmap to get them to strengthen their ambition.”
Andrew Light, Senior Fellow and Director of International Climate Policy, said: “The Durban outcome succeeded in accomplishing many things, most importantly advancing the implementing document of the Green Climate Fund so that it will become a reality in the coming year. The new fund will anchor a global compact to advance mitigation and adaptation efforts in response to a warmer world. Equally important, it is designed to become the key instrument for mobilizing private capital to advance sustainable prosperity around the world. From the point of view of getting additional tons of carbon out of the global system during this decade the new roadmap will start a process but cannot result in an additional reduction of emissions until after 2020. In contrast, the Green Climate Fund, in conjunction with other instruments that resulted from last year’s successful Cancun meeting, can soon begin working to advance projects around the world that could get additional emission reductions above and beyond those that countries have already pledged to do themselves. The U.S. Treasury Department and State Department deserve credit for engaging with the global community to produce an inspiring outcome.”
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