No Show at UN Climate Change Conference Greenpeace couriers Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment, to Poland

Press release - 2008-12-11
Greenpeace activists assembled outside the Revenue Tower where the Environment Bureau is situated to protest against Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment, for skipping the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland. Greenpeace demands the government not to shy away from the urgent climate change crisis and tackle it head-on.

Four activists from Greenpeace dressed up as couriers and placed a mega wooden trunk in front of the Revenue Tower where the Environment Bureau locates which is ready to speedpost the Secretary to the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Four activists from Greenpeace dressed up as couriers and placed a mega wooden trunk in front of the Revenue Tower where the Environment Bureau locates which is ready to speedpost the Secretary to the United Nations Climate Change Conference which is currently being held in Poznan, Poland.

Greenpeace campaigner Prentice Koo criticizes that, "The government has shown utter disrespect to international conference by dressing up a Senior Environmental Protection Officer as Minister to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The government has not only severely damaged Hong Kong's international image, but also given up the right to voice out in the dialogue on climate change mitigation.

Global leaders meet up in Poznan for critical climate change negotiation

In view of the imminent expiration of the "Kyoto Protocol" in 2012, the "United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change" is expected to come up with a draft of a new global cooperative action in Poznan, aiming to lay a solid foundation for a climate change deal at Copenhagen in late 2009. The conference will touch upon industrialized countries' pledge on greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the post-Kyoto years, target of voluntary reduction in developing countries, perpetuation of the "clean development mechanism" and establishment of the Climate Change Adaptation Fund.

More than 9,000 delegates from governments, including Ministers from Poland and Denmark, as well as UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and NGOs from 186 countries around the world are gathering in Poznan at this critical juncture. Alongside with the representatives of the Bush administration, president-elect Barack Obama has also sent his own delegates to attend the Convention, clearly grasping the chance to work with other global leaders to formulate development strategies for a sustainable future. Although all issues tabled are intertwined with the future of Hong Kong, the government is only sending a Senior Environmental Protection Officer from the Environment Bureau which predictably will be out-maneuvered in rounds of strategic negotiations.

Greenpeace demands the government to acknowledge the urgency of adapting climate change, and promulgate a comprehensive scheme to tackle the crisis. The government should also set up a target on greenhouse gas emission reduction, and actively participate in all the discussions concerning the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

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