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Posted On: 4 March 2012 11:25 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Al-Attiyah attends Tokyo symposium

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HE the Chairman of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, who is also the Chairman of the UN Climate Change Conference COP18, participated in a symposium titled “the Future of Climate Change Regime and Environmental Issues”, here yesterday. Among the participants were Japanese Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ryuji Yamane and a number of high-ranking officials and experts on the environment and climate change. HE al-Attiyah stressed the significance of the contributions and suggestions of civil society groups. “It’s important for me to listen to all of you. Your inputs and contribution are very important for the success of the COP at the end of this year,” he said. He highlighted the important decisions adopted in COP17 in Durban, which would encourage all the sides to work efficiently to make Doha’s convention a success. Al-Attiyah reminded the audience of the decisions adopted in Durban such as the operationalisation of Green Climate Fund, the establishment of a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, the decision on long-term co-operative action under the Convention, and the launch of new negotiation process for enhanced actions beyond 2020. In order to enrich the discussion al-Attiyah asked the delegates some questions. The first question was about the remaining issues that can be completed in COP18, in order to successfully conclude the current stage of negotiations and launch the next phase. “What do we need to do, under the Durban platform, in order to set the stage for the next phase of the negotiations?” he asked. Al-Attiyah also asked about the steps needed to maintain the momentum for this year and for the negotiation process. Qatar’s Ambassador to Japan Yousif Mohamed Bilal attended the symposium. Gulf Times