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South Africa-EU Declaration on Climate Change Calls for Emission Reduction Targets

L-R: Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Nicolas Sarkozy of France - Photo credit: EU Presidency. Click to download the declaration on climate change 25 July 2008: At the conclusion of the first South Africa-EU Summit, held in Bordeaux, France,

participants adopted a Declaration on Climate Change in which they agreed on the

need to conclude

negotiations by the end of 2009 on a strengthened and effective global

agreement for the climate change regime post 2012.

The Declaration emphasizes the need for a ‘shared

vision' of achieving equitable and sustainable development, which includes a

global long term goal for emissions to peak within the next 10-15 years and

decline by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. South Africa and the EU call upon the international

community to consider the most ambitious set of targets reflected in the Fourth

Assessment Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, which

indicates the need for: emissions reduction targets by all developed countries,

as a group, in the range of 25% to 40% by 2020, and in the range of 80% to 95%

by 2050; as well as emission reductions below “business-as-usual” emission

trajectories in some developing country regions by 2020, and substantial

emission reductions below “business-as-usual” emission trajectories in all

developing country regions by 2050. [Declaration

on Climate Change]