I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union. The countries of Central and Eastern Europe associated with the European Union Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the associated countries Cyprus, Malta and Turkey, align themselves with this statement.
Referring to the draft resolution on a world climate change conference the Russian delegation has just introduced, the European Union wishes to express its understanding of the purpose of the conference.
The European Union welcomes the interest in climate change expressed by the Russian Federation with regard to the climate change conference as a multi-stakeholder forum, consistent with the Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Furthermore, having ratified the Kyoto Protocol this year, the European Union stands firmly behind its goals. Against this background, the European Union welcomes that the conference will be held, and I quote: within the overall framework of the Kyoto process, as was stated by the Russian delegation during the debate in the 2nd Committee on this agenda item last Friday. On the understanding that the conference thus will contribute further to the process of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the work and findings of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, all member States of the European Union wish to be added to the list of co-sponsors. These member States are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
In addition the countries which endorse this statement as I have referred to at the beginning of my statement, would like to be added to the list of co-sponsors.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.