New Study Offers Framework for Consensus on Climate Change at APEC Summit
Pro-Development, 'Multi-Track' Process to Reduce Emissions Could Help Forge
Regional Collaboration Toward Progress at Global Talks
SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the region's leaders stand divided on climate change at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Sydney, Australia, a study launched at the meeting proposed a new strategy for unified global action. The study, released by the U.S.-based NGO World Growth, proposes a "Multi- Track" process that would allow countries to develop more customized strategies to reduce emissions while preserving economic development programs and progress toward eliminating poverty. Such a process, the study's author said, could bring the United States, China, Japan, Australia, South Korea and other countries of the region closer together on a consensus toward how to tackle climate change ahead of coming U.N. global talks later this year in Bali, Indonesia. "The APEC region is the ideal forum for proposing a new approach," said Ambassador Alan Oxley, chairman of World Growth and chairman of the national APEC Centre at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the study's author. "The nations at this summit generate more than half of the world's man-made greenhouse gases, but are also home to over a billion people who live on less than one dollar a day, where greater economic development and poverty reduction must continue. They are looking for real progress without self harm for the region's people, and that is what the Multi-Track process offers." Oxley argues that pushing for hard targets when there is no consensus on the process for reaching them is a recipe for failure at a time when progress is needed. By focusing more on a process model first, Oxley said, the APEC region could find greater agreement and consensus and bring new momentum to the global effort. The study's "Multi-Track" strategy would allow for each nation to develop a strategy to tackle climate change that best suits it, giving nations more flexibility to reach emission reductions through a variety of strategies. This could include Kyoto-styled mandatory cuts, adopting new technologies, improving efficient energy consumption, or any combination of approaches. Unlike proposals which have divided the region, the "Multi-Track" model supports a development dimension -- to allow for countries to have continued economic growth in order to raise the "bottom billion" out of poverty. The study's new approach builds on the launch two years ago of the Asia- Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate by some of the leading APEC economies -- Australia, China, Japan, Korea and the U.S. -- along with India. Tying these countries closer together on climate change could yield greater progress at the global level, Oxley said, especially as their interest in a pro-development strategy provides common ground. "An APEC regional consensus would be a very good start towards real progress," Oxley said. "It could mean a greater chance at achieving results." FOR MORE BACKGROUND, please visit: http://www.worldgrowth.org/issues/environment/ To read the full study by Ambassador Alan Oxley (including biographical information), please visit: http://www.worldgrowth.org/resources/ About World Growth World Growth is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established with an educational and charitable mission to expand the education, information and other resources available to disadvantaged populations to improve their health and economic welfare. At World Growth, we embrace and celebrate the new age of globalization and the power of free trade to eradicate poverty and improve living conditions for people in the developing world. For more information on World Growth, visit http://www.worldgrowth.org.
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