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Statement at the Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Paula J. Dobriansky, Head of U.S. Delegation, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
Statement at the Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Poznan, Poland
December 11, 2008

Thank you, Madame Chair, and many thanks to Minister Nowicki and the Government of Poland for your hospitality and excellent leadership at this conference.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing us this century, and the United States remains firmly committed to developing an environmentally effective and economically sustainable global response.

The Bali Action Plan and its components – a shared vision, mitigation, adaptation, financing and technology – give us a vital blueprint and we remain committed to reaching an agreed outcome under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change by December 2009.

Over the past year, and particularly here in Poznan, we have made significant progress.

We have seen growing recognition that any environmentally effective solution to climate change requires robust actions from all major economies. The world has evolved dramatically since the early 1990s; and the post-2012 arrangement must reflect these changes.

We have also seen the continued emergence of a clean technology revolution that has the potential to dramatically lower the cost of combating climate change. At the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference this March, more than 9,000 delegates from governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations showcased the remarkable efforts currently underway to research, develop, and deploy clean energy technologies across the globe.

And we have seen some important early actions that will reinforce our UNFCCC efforts. In September, for example, donors pledged over $6 billion to the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, including the Clean Technology Fund.

Though we have made progress, we have much more work to do.

The United States is pleased that we will conclude this conference with a comprehensive and flexible work plan that will guide our transition into intensive negotiations next year. And as we go through a transition of our own, the current administration will continue working hard to ensure a smooth and efficient handoff of responsibilities to the incoming administration.

From our blueprint in Bali to our progress in Poznan, we look forward to the meetings ahead that can lead to an ambitious and practical outcome in Copenhagen.

Thank you, Madame Chair.


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