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Informal Ministerial Round Table for a Shared Vision On Long-term Cooperative Action

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

I would like to make four points about our shared vision.

First, our shared vision should reflect our shared resolve as nations of the world to contribute together to the climate effort - to the best of our abilities. Let us focus on especially what we have in common.

There is recognition of the urgent need to substantially reduce emissions globally to reduce the risks of climate change, and we can all act together. A global approach in which actions are in line with countries’ capabilities is the best basis for a sustained effort on climate change.

Second, a shared vision should recognize and supportour shared aspirations for the welfare and prosperity of the world’s citizens.It should reflect that poverty reduction and economic development are rightfully the overarching goals for developing countries, and that efforts to address climate change should advance our broader social and development goals.

Third, our shared vision should reflect our shared understanding that the world is evolving and will continue to evolve. The World Bank estimates that in just two short decades from now, many key emerging economies will have similar living standards as many developed countries do today.

This is profound and welcome progress. We want all countries to achieve developed country status as soon as possible.

Finally, our shared vision should include a shared long-term global goal to inspire us as nations, as well as our stakeholders and citizens. In this regard, the United States supports consideration of a long-term global goal of reducing emissions by at least fifty percent by 2050.

Thank you for providing us this opportunity to exchange our views on a shared vision – it is immensely valuable in advancing a shared sense of purpose and understanding as we move forward.


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