Christine Figures UNFCCC executive secretary
the countries who made this agreement. They have all laid aside some
cherished objectives of their own to meet a common purpose - a long-term
solution to climate change."
Connie Hedegaard, European commissioner for climate
"[The] EU's strategy worked. When many
parties after Cancun said that Durban could only implement decisions taken in
Copenhagen and Cancun, the EU wanted more ambition. And got more. We would
not take a new Kyoto period unless we got in return a roadmap for the future
where all countries must commit. "
Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Head of the Africa Group
middle ground, we meet mid-way. Of course we are not completely happy about
the outcome, it lacks balance, but we believe it is starting to go into the
Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa
outcome in Durban is a coup for Africa. Issues that had taken so long to
resolve have been resolved on our soil. We are very happy and proud of the
South African team that worked so hard with the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change to make Durban succeed."
Ruth Davis, Greenpeace UK chief policy advisor
political signal delivered by Durban is more powerful than the actual
substance of the agreement. A new progressive alliance of over one hundred
vulnerable countries, backed by the European Union, demonstrated that there's
massive appetite for an ambitious legally binding climate deal covering all
the major polluters. Such a deal moved a small step closer in Durban, with
agreement to negotiate towards it in 2015."
Keith Allott, Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK
that the UK and EU have aligned themselves with this coalition, but Europe
must urgently convince the world that it is serious by increasing the
ambition of its painfully weak emissions target for 2020 to at least 30%
below 1990 levels. By doing so, the EU would actually benefit its own economy
- saving billions on imported fossil fuels and creating the springboard for
green growth and new green jobs."
Achim Steiner, UNEP executive director
outcomes of Durban provide a welcome boost for global climate action. They
reflect the growing, and in some quarters unexpected, determination of
countries to act collectively. This provides a clear signal and
predictability to economic planners, businesses and investors about the
future of low-carbon economies."
Director of the Corporate Leaders' Group on Climate Change
of businesses have articulated the urgent need for international action on
climate change. With this agreement, the result of long and detailed
negotiations, governments have shown what is possible. However there is still
a long way to go and keeping the world below the threshold of 2˚C warming
remains a real challenge that cannot be put off till 2020."
Nick Mabey, Chief Executive E3G
the euro-zone crisis, the EU, alongside progressive developing and vulnerable
countries, brokered a deal in Durban. Durban is not a final victory but it is
a real opportunity. We now have to work intensively towards the 2015 deadline
to mobilise the political will needed to permanently reduce the risk of
catastrophic climate change to safe levels.”