PM Dung says richer nations should lead on climate change

HA NOI — Developed countries should pioneer the way in reducing greenhouse emissions by making strong commitments and setting high goals, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.

Dung was speaking during a video conference with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rassmussen, United Nations General Secretary Ban Kimoon, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi and Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.

They were discussing initiatives for the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen scheduled for this month.

The leaders said that at the meeting, developed countries should make a detailed commitment to cutting carbon emissions, transferring new and clean technology to developing and underdeveloped countries, and setting up a global coordinating group to implement these commitments.

Dung said that there should be also supportive policies for developing countries that have to cope with the impacts of climate change, particularly rising sea levels.

He said Viet Nam applauded the proposal for a US$10-billion global fund for the period from 2010 to 2013 to support countries heavily affected by climate change.

Dung said developing countries seriously affected by climate change should be supported with capital, technology transfers and capacity improvement.

Developed countries needed to take nationally appropriate mitigation action to reduce gas emissions on a voluntary basis.

The leaders said they hoped that the participation of 53 countries in Copenhagen would enable compulsory legal documents to be issued providing effective global solutions.

UN General Secretary Ban Kimoon said he valued the contributions of countries making preparations for the summit, especially on the legal commitments. — VNS


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