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PGMA, other APEC leaders laud UN key role in fight vs global warming

Sidney, Australia (September 9) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urged the other member of the Asia Pacific member- economies to work with the United Nations in dealing with the problem of global warming as the annual summit talks begin in Sidney, Australia on September 8.

While the President welcomes the issue being discussed in the APEC assembly, she is of the opinion that climate change agreements are best addressed through UN initiatives like the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

President Arroyo bared her opinion during her meeting with members of the Filipino community in Australia saying that the 1997 Kyoto Protocol includes all the countries in the world.

There is some binding characteristic, some binding trait in UN resolutions, whereas APEC doesn't cover all the 'climate makers' and it's non-binding, the President said adding that at the end of the day, the final resolution should really be in the context of the UN.

The President joined other leaders from developing nations led by China, in resisting the US-backed Australia proposal that would require them to set goals to reduce emissions blamed on global warming.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has put climate change at the top of the agenda for the 15th Asia Pacific Economic Conference leaders' summit in Sidney, as a way to shape the debate on how to deal with earth warming.

The US and Australia, which have refused to ratify the United Nationsbacked Kyoto Protocol, want APEC leaders to embrace a new approach to climate change that would require China and other developing countries to commit to greenhouse gas reduction targets. But developing nations oppose binding targets imposed by others. Kyoto's commitment period expires in 2012.

On the part of the Philippines, President Arroyo said the nation must learn and adopt from neighbors the technology, policies and economic tools that will help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

President Arroyo said she will share the Philippine experience in tapping alternative sources of energy and its Green Philippines program in the APEC dialogue. (PIA 8) [top]

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