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October 6, 2010

Europe, Asia call for urgent climate deal

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October 6, 2010

BRUSSELS: Two months before a key UN climate conference, European and Asian leaders pledged on Tuesday to seek an urgent, legally-binding deal on global warming that would include deep cuts in emissions.
“They shared the goal of reaching urgently a fair, effective and comprehensive legally binding outcome,” said a final statement approved at the 46-nation Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held in Brussels.
“Leaders agreed that deep cuts in global emissions are required, recognising the scientific view that the increase in global temperature should be below two degrees Celsius,” the text said. The pledge, however, lacks any deadline or timeline for achieving this goal.
The ASEM summit grouped the 27-nation European Union, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), as well as Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Mongolia, New Zealand and Russia.
The ASEM statement came as delegates from more than 170 countries met in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin this week in an effort to break the stalemate ahead of the next UN conference.

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