United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Mr. Chairman,
I associate myself to the statement made by the distinguished
representative of Pakistan on behalf of the G-77/China. I would also
like to thank Ambassador Assadi for his comprehensive contribution.
In his intervention, Ambassador Assadi stressed the complementary role
of this Commission in relation to discussions held elsewhere. Brazil
agrees that the CSD can help understanding and exploring the
interlinkages between climate change and other issues related to
promoting sustainable development, such as promoting renewable energies.
These discussions should not, however, substitute or pre-empt current
talks under the UNFCCC regime on issues such as flexibility mechanisms
or the future of the climate regime. Any recommendations or decisions on
such issues must be considered solely under the UNFCCC umbrella.
On the future of the regime, for instance, I recall that, in Montreal in
2005, a process was put in motion under the Kyoto Protocol to determine
the post-2012 second commitment period of Annex I Parties. Another
process was established under the UNFCCC to further enhance the
implementation of the Convention. Both these processes should pave the
way for the future of the regime, including for further and stronger
reduction commitments for Annex I parties and full support to policies
and measures in developing country parties for reducing emissions.
I would like to stress the principle of common but differentiated
responsibilities, established in the Rio Declaration on Sustainable
Development and enshrined in the UNFCCC as the guiding force behind
international cooperation on this matter. Without recognition that the
root cause of the rise in the planet's temperature is the accumulated
emissions of greenhouse gases over the last 200 years, emitted mainly by
developed countries, there can be no constructive debate.
Thank you.