France, Brazil unveil climate policy
Ahead of key UN global warming talks:
FRANCE: France and Brazil adopted a common policy Saturday ahead of
key UN global warming talks and vowed to launch a worldwide push to
convince other powers to back their “climate bible”.
A joint text was unveiled after talks between French President
Nicolas Sarkozy and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva,
which gave an outline of an agreement they want at the December 7-18
“We are making public... a French-Brazilian text because Brazil and
France, we want Copenhagen to be a success, not a cut-price agreement,”
Sarkozy told reporters in Paris.
“We are fighting for the world to live up to its historic
responsibility,” the president added.
Lula hailed the text a “climate bible” and a “historic document”.
The text stresses the final objective of a “global reduction of at
least 50 percent by 2050 compared with 1990” of damaging greenhouse
For developed countries there must also be “ambitious objectives for
reduction in the medium-term,” the text said.
Developing countries must also contribute to efforts to cut harmful
emissions but in a “fair, global and robust framework” which should
include “new and substantial financial support” for the poorest.