G8 Hokkaido Declaration of Leaders Meeting of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change: Statement

Sectors : Climate change - general, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade
Organisation : G8
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Commitments in: Climate Change - Climate change - general

“...1. we, the leaders of the world’s major economies, both developed and developing, commit to combat climate change in accordance with our common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities and confront the interlinked challenges of sustainable development, including energy and food security, and human health...

...2. ...Recognizing the scale and urgency of the challenge, we will continue working together to strengthen implementation of the Convention and to ensure that the agreed outcome maximizes the efforts of all nations and contributes to achieving the ultimate objective in Article 2 of the Convention, which should be achieved within a time frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened, and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner...

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• ...recognizing the need for urgent action and the Bali Action Plan’s directive for enhanced implementation of the Convention between now and 2012, we commit to taking the actions in paragraph 10 without delay...

5. ...we recognize the essential importance of enhanced greenhouse gas mitigation that is ambitious, realistic, and achievable. We will do more – we will continue to improve our policies and our performance while meeting other priority objectives – in keeping with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. Achieving our long-term global goal requires respective mid-term goals, commitments and actions, to be reflected in the agreed outcome of the Bali Action Plan, taking into account differences in social and economic conditions, energy mix, demographics, and infrastructure among other factors, and the above IPCC scenarios. In this regard, the developed major economies will implement, consistent with international obligations, economy-wide mid-term goals and take corresponding actions in order to achieve absolute emission reductions and, where applicable, first stop the growth of emissions as soon as possible, reflecting comparable efforts among them...

...6. ...Our nations will continue to cooperate on capacity-building and demonstration activities; on innovative solutions, including financing, to reduce emissions and increase removals by sinks; and on methodological issues...

...7. ...We will work together in accordance with our Convention commitments to strengthen the ability of developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable ones, to adapt to climate change. This includes the development and dissemination of tools and methodologies to improve vulnerability and adaptation assessments, the integration of climate change adaptation into overall development strategies, increased implementation of adaptation strategies, increased emphasis on adaptation technologies, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability, and consideration of means to stimulate investment and increased availability of financial and technical assistance.”


“10. To enable the full, effective, and sustained implementation of the Convention between now and 2012, we will:...

• ...Direct our trade officials responsible for WTO issues to advance with a sense of urgency their discussions on issues relevant to promoting our cooperation on climate change;”


“10. To enable the full, effective, and sustained implementation of the Convention between now and 2012, we will:...

• ...Support implementation of the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change;

• Improve significantly energy efficiency, a low-cost way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance energy security;

• Continue to promote actions under the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer for the benefit of the global climate system; and

• Intensify our efforts without delay within existing fora to improve effective greenhouse gas measurement.”