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Marianne Bom07/12/2009 12:45

The developing
countries in Group of 77 want both EU and the US to deliver higher ambitions at
the UN climate conference.

Developed countries should come up with
more ambitious emissions reduction targets than they have already promised.
They should also deliver substantial financing of developing countries in order
to enable them to pursue the dual goals of both reductions of emissions and
economic development, a leading negotiator of Group of 77 said on Sunday,
according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. 



About the EU’s promise to reduce emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels
in 2020 – rising to 30 percent if other nations follow with ambitious targets –
the President of the G-77, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, said: 

"It’s a serious mistake and lack of responsibility from the European
countries to commit to such a low degree of reductions…It’s their obligation to
rise up to the challenge of serious reduction of emissions because science has
already spoken that the world cannot afford inaction," he said and
continued: 

"I do believe that they [the European countries] should move away from
considering their national economic interests at the cost of humanity." 

Di-Aping added that the US commitment to cut emissions by 17 percent in 2020
from 2005 levels is also not enough. To say that the United States "is
taking any aggressive actions is not really true", Di-Aping said. 

In contrast, developing countries have been taking aggressive actions, Di-Aping
said, citing China, Brazil, South Africa and India as examples. 

The Group of 77 is negotiating on behalf of 130 developing countries in
Copenhagen. According to observers of the negotiations, the central challenge
of the UN climate conference is bridging the gulf of different expectations
between developed and developing countries.