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New Zealand's Disregard For Kyoto Protocol Disappoints
Island states call for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 28, 2012) – The Alliance of Small Island States (AOIS) has voiced disappointment that the New Zealand government has ruled out committing to a legally-binding agreement on the Kyoto Protocol.

At the United Nations climate change negotiations in Doha, AOSIS is pushing for a second commitment period of targets for greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol.

The AOSIS chair, Nauru’s Marlene Moses, says urgent action is needed on reductions because short-term mitigation ambition was central to the agreement that was reached at the last climate summit.

She says leadership on the issue hasn’t been forthcoming from regional players such as New Zealand.

"They’re our friends, they’re our neighbors, they’re in our neighborhood and it is very disheartening, it is very disappointing, the position that New Zealand has taken on the Kyoto Protocol. It’s also mystifying for me personally because they’re a neighbor and they see the challenges that are being faced by their closest neighbors and by the small island nations."

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