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Nordic and Baltic Nations Want Ambitious Climate Agreement


The foreign ministers of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who have gathered together within the framework of a UN General Assembly in New York for the first time ever, discussed preparations for the Copenhagen climate conference. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that the world community does not have much time to finish preparations for the climate agreement to be concluded in December in Copenhagen.

The goal of the agreement is that the average temperature on earth will not rise by more than 2°C by 2020 and that consequently the level of the ocean will not rise by more than 0.7-1.4 meters. “Reaching an agreement is complicated. But we must keep in mind that the level we are reaching for is still too high for many island nations, who suffer first as a result of rising sea levels,” said Paet.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the Nordic and Baltic countries share the opinion that we should continue making an effort to ensure the meaningful content of the climate agreement to be signed in Copenhagen. “Both the Baltic and Nordic countries realise how critical it is to achieve a climate agreement. We share the position that financial responsibility should be divided globally according to the ‘polluter pays’ principle, still taking into account the country’s ability to pay and its individual features,” he stressed. “Estonia agrees with the proposal of the European Commission that the European Union should accept a common goal for reducing emissions in the climate agreement,” he stated.

European Union member states have pledged to reduce emissions by up to 30% compared to 1990 levels by the year 2020, assuming that other industrial nations will take on comparable obligations and developing countries with emerging economies will also make adequate contributions.

The foreign ministers of the Baltic and Nordic countries discussed co-operation in the UN and other international organisations more generally, while also introducing their nations’ plans to submit candidacies for governing bodies in organisations. Paet reiterated to his colleagues that Estonia is a candidate to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) from 2012-2015 and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) from 2020-2021.

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