|Subject: TLGOV: Statement by Deputy PM at
Climate Change conference in Bali
Gabinete do Primeiro-Ministro
República Democrática de Timor-Leste
REPÚBLICA DEMOCRÁTICA DE TIMOR-LESTE
By H.E. Mr. José Luis Guterres, Deputy Prime Minister
Mr. President, Excellencies, distinguished Delagates,
May I join the previous speakers in expressing our condolences to the
families of those that died in the recent bombing in Algeria.
It is our great honor to be here representing the government and the
people of Timor-Leste in this important Conference of Parties for the
We also to express our deepest appreciation to the Government and the
people of the Republic of Indonesia for hosting this important
May I also extend our congratulations to IPCC and to former US Vice
President, H.E. Albert Gore for re4ceiving this year's Nobel Peace Award.
Their outstanding contribution is invaluable for today's and future
As a young country struggling with the multiple challenges of nation
building, Timor-Leste presently faces itself with high vulnerability to
the adverse effects of climate change, particularly drought and floods
which severely impact our people's lives and livelihoods, dependent on
rainfall for irrigation and growing crops for food.
Drought already causes substantial malnutrition and poverty in Timor-Leste.
Flooding in the eastern and western parts of Timor-Leste has been the most
recent indicator of climate change impacts at our national level.
Emission reduction by developed countries is critical. We welcome the
commitments of the European Union and other Annex I Parties aiming at
reducing their emissions as far as 30% by 2020.
As a recent party to the UNFCCC, we share this spirit of participating
in global environmental responsibilities and in contributing to the well
being of all communities in our planet. Timor-Leste is in the process of
ratifying the Kyoto Protocol in our National Parliament. This is a
substantial step to align our effort with the global effort. In this
regard, we would like to congratulate the government of Australia and
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for ratifying the Kyoto Protocol.
We are ready to work with the international community in all aspects of
information sharing, capacity building, policy development, and in
concrete projects in order to achieve our common goals.
We look forward to the continuation of the work produced in this COP 13
and hope for success in the very important negotiations that will continue
in the near future.
However, and although the effects of climate change will be felt at a
global scale, a disproportionate burden still falls on the least
developed, SIDS and most vulnerable countries in the developing world.
To strengthen the financial and technical support for capacity
building, adaptation and transfer of technology, is to guarantee the
fulfillment of our country obligations under the Convention, to adapt
properly and proportionally to the speed and the scale of climatic change,
based on our country's vulnerability.
Our National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) and Initial National
Communication, planned to begin in 2008, will be the starting point to
achieve this goal. The simplification of the tools and methodologies for
accessing financial resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
are fundamental to us. We wish to invest them in areas such as renewable
energy and reforestation, for climate change adaptation and poverty
We welcome other actions such as the Reduction of Emissions from
Deforestation, the Coral Triangle Initiative as well as the new World Bank
initiative to provide incentives to developing countries that protect
Mr. President, in conclusion,
The Government of Timor-Leste, under the leadership of Prime Minister
Xanana Gusmão, is aware that we are also citizens of this world and we
must implement the convention requirements.
We do recognize that we have a lot of work to do.
Let us all, do this work together, developed and developing countries,
to bring back to our countries not only the beauty and the culture of
Bali-Indonesia but also a wise Road Map for Climate Change Mitigation and
This COP is crucial for us to find common solutions to thjs global
threat. It is our hope and dream that all Governments, businesses, civil
society and all people of the world continue to share our earth's
hospitality, equally and responsibly, for generations to come.
We thank you
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