Malaysia needs to act to ratify Kyoto Protocol amendment — S M Mohamed Idris

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY S.M. MOHAMED IDRIS

An opinion piece - file pic

An opinion piece – file pic

NOV 2 — I refer to the article in The Star (26 October 2016) ‘Junaidi: We need to focus on Paris Agreement’.

The Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was responding in Parliament to a question posed as to when Malaysia would ratify the 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to what extent this has been discussed and agreed by the Cabinet.

The Minister’s response as reported in The Star was that more countries are focusing on the Paris Agreement and lack interest in the Kyoto Protocol;that the Kyoto Protocol overlaps with the Paris Agreement, and the Kyoto Protocol will be phased out eventually when the Paris Agreement comes into force in 2020.

In addition, a viewing of the actual Parliamentary session reveals that the Minister also said that the Kyoto Protocol is not binding on developed nations and proceeded to name a number of developed countries that have either not ratified or have withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol, or have not ratified its 2nd commitment period. Read more

Malaysia needs to urgently beef up its climate actions — Sahabat Alam Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY SAHABAT ALAM MALAYSIA

AUG 12 — With the adoption of the Paris Agreement, an international treaty for post-2020 climate action, at the Paris climate summit last December, signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are committing themselves to enhancing climate actions to halt further alteration of the climate system and its adverse impacts on human societies.

Malaysia, as one of the 197 Parties that negotiated and adopted the Agreement and subsequently was one of the 175 countries that signed the Agreement on 22 April in New York, will now have to walk the talk.

In the run-up to the Paris Conference, Malaysia, like many other countries had also submitted its climate action plan known as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in which it declared its intention to cut its emissions ‘by 45% by 2030 relative to the emission intensity of GDP of 2005’. This consists of a reduction of 35% on an unconditional basis and a further 10% conditional upon receipt of climate finance, technology transfer and capacity-building from developed countries. Read more

At last, a climate deal – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sundaily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

PERHAPS the newly-minted climate change agreement may immortalise Paris as the Humphrey Bogart movie did Casablanca. This city of love delivered where Copenhagen and others failed.

Last Saturday, after two weeks of intense and often rancorous overnight negotiations, the French Presidency overseeing the negotiations at the 21st meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), gavelled the Paris Agreement.

It was four years in the making since the 2011 Durban mandate to develop a legally binding document. It could not have come any earlier. Read more