EU: Address developing world's climate concerns

Updated: 2011-02-03 13:58


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EU: Address developing world's climate concerns
European Union flags are seen outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels ahead of an EU heads of state summit, October 27, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday called for attention to the interests of the developing nations in the world's collective efforts to curb climate change.

"Whatever we do, it should not undermine their capacity to grow and develop," said European External Action Service (EEAS) Chief Operating Officer David O'Sullivan.

He made the remarks at a roundtable organized by the European External Action Service, which brought European experts together to discuss the way to better cooperate with China in the battle against climate change.

"We need a win-win solution, instead of imposing the agenda of the developed world," O'Sullivan said, underlining the need to address the concerns of developing countries when they engage in climate change actions.

O'Sullivan called on the EU to better cooperate with international partners, especially China, as climate change cannot be contained within frontiers.

"It affects all of us," he said, adding that a recent study showed that developing countries were more likely to suffer the most from climate change.

"Our cooperation with China will be key to how we move along," said Michael Christensen, deputy cabinet head of the European Commissioner for Climate Action. Developing countries also need to understand the importance of growing economically without increasing polluting emissions, Christensen said.


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