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Romson on climate deal: "Sweden must continue to show leadership'

Published söndag 13 december 2015 kl 14.42
Green Party spokesperson Åsa Romson speaking in Karlstad to the party faithful. Photo: Linn Malmén/TT
Environment minister and Green Party spokesperson Åsa Romson. Photo: Linn Malmén/TT

Sweden's climate and environment minister, Åsa Romson, said Sunday, that the climate deal in Paris is 'a milestone for the world and for cooperation on sustainable development'.

"A global climate agreement is a milestone for the world and for cooperation on sustainable development. Sweden has long been pushing for an agreement that strengthens climate efforts. For the first time we have a global climate agreement where everyone is contributing and this is extremely important," Åsa Romson said in a statement.

Sweden's deputy prime minister said that Sweden would continue to show leadership in its bid to become fossil fuel free.

""This is the start of a considerable stepping up of climate efforts for all countries of the world. The difficult work of reducing climate emissions remains. Sweden must continue to show leadership through concrete measures at home in broad cooperation with all actors in society. We will become one of the world's first fossil-free welfare nations and, in doing so, inspire and encourage others."

The climate deal agreed on Saturday aims to hold global temperatures to a maximum rise of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. with a new goal of net zero emissions by the end of the century.

Sweden's environment minister was disappointed with the lack of explicit objectives and rules on how countries are to report their emissions but welcomed the decision for countries to 'stocktake' ambitions every five years.

"I am pleased to see that we have a long-term objective and a five-year review cycle for getting countries to raise their commitments. Sweden has been clearly pushing for a high level of ambition in the agreement and it is clear that our hard work has yielded results. Now we must continue to work to ensure that countries increase their ambitions so that the objectives can be turned into reality," Åsa Romson says.

For the first time, Sweden's climate and environment minister gave an insight into her role in the talks, which involved acting as a mediator on adaption and the issue of loss and damage, areas of disagreement before the summit.

"The negotiations on loss and damage were tough. After long talks we managed to find a solution in which the countries have now agreed to increase measures and support to help vulnerable countries address the most serious impacts of climate change. The fact that this issue is a part of the agreement is a major success.

"I feel particularly hopeful for the future after having seen an almost unbelievably strong commitment from businesses, cities, regions and, not least, people in the environmental movement prior to and during the summit. Together we can tackle the climate challenge." 

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