SAMOA’S TUALA SATISFIED WITH KYOTO CLIMATE CHANGE RESULTS

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SAMOA’S TUALA SATISFIED WITH KYOTO CLIMATE CHANGE RESULTS

APIA, Samoa (December 16, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Samoa's Minister of Lands, Survey and Environment, Tuala Sale Tagaloa, says he is pleased with the results of the recent climate change summit meeting in Kyoto, Japan.

Speaking on arrival back in Apia, Tuala said while the outcome is lower than the 20 % target the 35 countries of the Alliance for Small Islands States (AOSIS) had been pushing for, it still is a good result for island countries.

Tuala led the AOSIS delegation to the convention, which ended last week.

The Kyoto protocol, agreed to at the summit, commits industrialized countries to reduce their total greenhouse gas emissions 6% below 1990 levels during the period 2008 to 2012. Industrialized countries have been assigned different targets, with reductions of 7% for the U.S., 8% for Japan and the European Union, and 0% for New Zealand. Australia has been allowed to increase emissions 8%.

The agreed upon plan is expected to achieve the 6% global reduction target.

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