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Article : Thailand ready to issue the first global warming law.
หน่วยงาน : COP25 วันที่ประกาศ : 18/12/2562 09:08 น. จำนวนผู้เข้าชม 354 PRINT

Thailand ready to issue the first global warming law.

The Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Varawut Silpa-archa, as the head of the Thai delegation participated in the High-level Segment of the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol ( CMP 15) and the 2nd meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 2) on December 10, 2019, in Madrid, Spain, with Ms. Carolina Schmidt Minister of the Environment of Republic of Chile as President of COP 25 / CMP 15 / CMA 2.

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In this conference ministers of various countries were given opportunities to share their vision on climate change adaptation and their expectations in this meeting.

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In this regard, Mr. Varawut delivered Thailand's statement stressing its commitment to climate change actions as the Thai government has given importance and is aware of the increasingly severe impacts of climate change. Therefore, climate change issues have been integrated as part of the national development agenda continuously.

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As for the implementation of climate action plan before the end of 2020, Thailand has achieved approximately 45% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the energy and transportation sectors in 2017, twice the goal of greenhouse gas reduction set by Thailand for 2020.

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In addition, Thailand has put more effort to strengthen the mechanism of climate action domestically by increasing the capacity of personnel in the country and determine the necessary structure to achieve the specified goals in terms of greenhouse gas reduction and mitigation and adaptation to unify operation at country-level and reach the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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In addition, Thailand has created the first climate change law, establishing a long-term strategy for the development of lower greenhouse gas emissions while improving the domestic climate finance system including enhancing the role of the Environmental Fund as the financial support for local administrative organizations and the private sector involved in the climate change project.

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Thailand is also committed to integrating climate change with other environmental issues such as biodiversity conservation, reduction of short-lived climate pollutants and marine waste, etc.

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To achieve a mutual goal under the multilateral cooperation mechanism, on this occasion, Thailand has expressed its utmost willingness to be a part of climate protection operations for the future of the world and our future generations.

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As for the results of the Conference of the Parties to the 25th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), the meeting is previously scheduled to end on December 13, 2019, without breakthrough. However, the participants decided to postpone the negotiation for another 2 days. Disappointingly, on December 15, COP25 closed its curtain with small progress and even wider disagreements. Nevertheless, the conference produced some outcomes following more than two weeks of tense negotiations and countless obstacles including that conference's venue had to be changed twice.

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The proposed actions by the President of COP25 includes

Recognizes that action taken to address climate change is most effective if it is based on best available science and continually re-evaluated in the light of new findings;

Re-emphasizes with serious concern the urgent need to address the significant gap between the aggregate effect of Parties’ mitigation efforts in terms of global annual emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 and aggregate emission pathways consistent with holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels;

Emphasizes the continued challenges that developing countries face in accessing financial, technology and capacity-building support, and recognizes the urgent need to enhance the provision of support to developing country Parties for strengthening their national adaptation and mitigation efforts.

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