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Spain backs climate change measures 

PAGE 18 Spain backs climate  change measures

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called for greater ambition from countries in the fight against climate change.

He had travelled to the Polish city of Katowice to take part in the Climate Change Summit (COP24), the main goal of which is to make progress on the full application of the Paris Agreement and maintain the political drive towards increasing the global ambition in the fight to protect the climate.

The Paris Agreement will replace the Kyoto Protocol when the latter expires, at the end of 2020, and is the main multilateral instrument to combat climate change.

Sr. Sánchez insisted in Katowice on the Government of Spain’s commitment to multilateralism as the key instrument to jointly tackling global threats. “The fight to protect the climate is a global cause based on human dignity,” said the President of the Government. Accordingly, Pedro Sánchez urged leaders to act together and without delay in facing up to this “real challenge”.

“Our generation must choose between continuing to delay decision-making or act with collaborative leadership, pushing through global actions and effective public policies in each of our countries,” he said.

The Prime Minister said Spain has signed up to the declaration promoted by the President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen, an initiative for greater climate ambition, and to the Carbon Neutrality Coalition, with the aim of reducing net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero by the year 2050. He also reported that the government intends to move towards the target of mobilising 900 million euros per annum as from 2020.