15 December, 2007
Deputy Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister Stavros Kaloyannis addressed the UN Conference on climate change that concluded in Bali on Friday.
The conference was held with the participation of representatives of more than 180 countries and observers from intergovernmental and NGOs.
Kaloyannis stressed that coordinated action is necessary for the post 2012 era, stressing that efforts should be broad-based and take place under the auspices of the United Nations, while taking under consideration the Kyoto Protocol.
The deputy minister stressed that there is no time left and Greece is undertaking initiatives within the framework of the EU and the international community aimed at tackling the climate change problem. He underlined that Greece and its EU partners support the ambitious EU efforts for immediate and substantive reduction of greenhouse effect gas emissions reaching 20 percent by 2020 while cuts of up to 30 percent could also take place if other developed countries follow suit.
"People should realize the limits and endurance of planet Earth and change attitude and way of life to tackle climate change," he stressed.
He also had a number of high level meetings on Thursday on the sidelines of the conference. In the meeting with European Commissioner Stavros Dimas they exchanged views on the prospects of greenhouse effect gas emission cuts at European level, within the framework of the legislative initiatives on climate and energy planned by the European Commission.
Kaloyannis met with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and discussed Kyoto Protocol procedural issues as well as obligations stemming from it. He also conferred with Portuguese Environment, Territorial Planning and Regional Development Minister and EU Council President Francisco Nunes Correia, in view of the Environment Council meeting to take place on December 20 in Brussels.
Source: Athens News Agency