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Endorsed by the 116th Assembly
(Nusa Dua, Bali, 4 May 2007)

The 116th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

We are deeply concerned at the growing body of scientific evidence on the probable adverse impact of climate change. The developing countries are likely to suffer most because they lack the capacity to cope with natural disasters, and they will continue to pay a heavy toll in casualties and destroyed infrastructure. Their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals are also bound to be frustrated.

We are likewise concerned that many pledges to take measures to forestall or mitigate the effects of climate change remain unfulfilled. We reiterate our firm support for the Kyoto Protocol, especially as expressed in our resolution, Ten years after Rio: Global degradation of the environment and parliamentary support for the Kyoto Protocol (Marrakech, 2002).

We call on our parliaments to do all they can to reinforce climate change policy and legislation and to enhance international cooperation on the basis of common but differentiated responsibilities, with a view to achieving the ultimate objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

We also call on our parliaments to foster increased community understanding of the threat of climate change and the action needed to avert dangerous human interferences in the climate system.

We urge the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention and the Third Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol, convening in Bali in December 2007, to formulate a feasible road map for long-term cooperation on the implementation of the Convention and for further negotiations on the comprehensive measures required to ensure continuity beyond the Protocol's first commitment period.

We pledge to raise the issue of climate change in our respective parliaments and address questions to concerned ministers regarding their preparation for the Bali meetings, and to report back to the IPU on the results thereof. Specifically, we wish to see progress in the area of avoidance of deforestation, financial mechanisms, and the transfer of appropriate and environmentally sound technology.

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