Climate change is a complex problem, which, although environmental in nature, has consequences for all spheres of existence on our planet. Belarus shares global concerns over the impact of climate change and supports international efforts on reducing carbon emissions. In 1992, Belarus joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in 2005, the Kyoto Protocol.
At COP17 in Durban, South Africa, progress was made toward establishing a new international framework in which all states participate. In particular, concerning the future framework, the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action was launched to formulate the above-mentioned legal document to 2015 so that it will come into effect from 2020.
In the absence of a comprehensive deal on climate change, Belarus considers the Kyoto Protocol as an important international instrument for reducing GHG emissions, and welcomes the COP17 decision on the establishment of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol after 2012. Belarus flagged up her readiness to undertake the quantitative obligations under the Kyoto Protocol in the said period.
Belarus is strongly convinced that the both outcomes of COP17 are are fundamental in tackling climate change. Belarus will continue to strive for promoting into climate change agreements the formulations aimed at building up international cooperation in the field, enhancing the national capacity on adaptation and mitigation to climate change. Belarus remains committed to make utmost efforts to stop the global warming.