Bangladesh has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol as the 4th country among the member of the UNFCCC.
Dr Aparup Chowdhury, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, said this to bdnews24.com while Bangladesh presented the Country Statement at the stocktaking Plenary Session on Saturday at United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 19 & CMP 9) in Warsaw, Poland.
In the statement, the Bangladesh delegation expressed agreement with the statements made by the Group 77 & China, LDC Group, Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the African Group.
Bangladesh underscored the importance of taking the discussion under ADP forward in a more focused and formal manner.
It was time to deliver in a more concrete and definitive way, Bangladesh said.
“Kyoto Protocol is one of the key elements towards closing the ambition gap taking into account the comparable efforts by Annex -1 Parties outside Kyoto Protocol. To this end, ratification by Country Parties to the amendment is fundamental,” Dr. Aparup said in the statement.
But as of now only three countries have ratified it.
Bangladesh had officially indicated its acceptance for the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol on 13 November, 2013 he declared at the plenary session.
Bangladesh also urged all Country Parties to complete the ratification process in order to make the amendments to the Kyoto Protocol effective as early as possible.
The Co-Chairs and the delegates from across the world greeted Bangladesh’s early response with a loud applause.