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New Zealand Losing Big Time in on Climate Talks Time for Urgent Instruction from Prime Minister

Press Release from Dubai – Kennedy Graham, MP, Dec 9.

New Zealand is losing out big time at the extended UN climate change talks in Doha over the weekend, and it is critical that PM John Key send instructions to the delegation to change its stance, says the Green Party.

As the negotiations grind their way to a conclusion, the latest version of the resolution referring to the Kyoto Protocol will have New Zealand barred from access to the carbon credits available from the 2nd commitment period.

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Greens/EFA group demands for the climate change conference in Doha Qatar (COP 18)

The Greens/EFA regrets the lack of progress by the EU on both mitigation and ensuring the continuity of climate finance, and fears this could have serious implications for the credibility of the EU but also the overall UN efforts to tackle climate change.

The Greens therefore,

Durban Platform for Enhanced Action:

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Government Deceiving New Zealanders on Climate Change Shut out of Main Action through Counterproductive Policy

Kennedy Graham, MP, Press Release, 9 Dec.

The Government is deceiving New Zealanders on its climate change policy, and has been shut out of much of the action over the next 8 years, as a result of a counterproductive policy at the UN negotiations at Doha, said Green MP, Kennedy Graham today.

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NZ criticised at international climate change talks

The National Government should listen to criticism at climate change talks in Doha and sign up to binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Green Party climate change spokesperson Kennedy Graham said. 

“New Zealand is letting down our Pacific neighbours and other small island states by refusing to continue with binding commitments under the Kyoto Protocol,” Dr Graham, who is at the talks, said.

“At a session yesterday the Alliance of Small Island States said it ‘deeply regretted’ the decision by few developed countries who had decided not to continue.

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NZ shamed in international climate change report

New Zealand is ranked 41 out of a possible 61 for its performance on climate change and under National our position will plummet, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said today.

The annual Climate Change Performance Index report, released this week at the international climate talks being held in Doha, evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of the countries that are together responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions. 

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NZ slammed for Kyoto decision

The National Government’s failure to make meaningful commitments to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions has been slammed by the most senior United Nations climate change figure.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), described New Zealand’s decision last month not to sign up to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol as ‘very disappointing’.

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Kennedy Graham's General Debate speech on climate change and the Kyoto protocol

Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): With the next climate change conference less than 2 weeks away, in Doha, New Zealand has wilfully turned its back on the rest of the world.
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Death of an ETS

The NZ Parliament, I said, was enacting an iniquity.  With a bare majority, it was amending the ETS and guaranteeing dangerous climate change.

I levelled the charge of moral ecocide at two Government leaders – John Key and Tim Groser.  I made it clear, carefully, that this is not a legal crime in New Zealand but rather a political crime of the highest moral order.

The response form National MPs was predictable; in fact after enough time in the House one can write the script.

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Video of Greens parliamentarians press conference in Durban

Video of Green parliamentarians’ press conference in Durban last night can be viewed here: 

http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop17/templ/play.php?id_kongresssession=4570&theme=unfccc

 

Speakers are:

- Senator Christine Milne, Deputy Leader of the Australian Green Party

 - Bas Eickhout – MEP, official representative of the Greens/EFA member in the European Parliament delegation,

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