2nd Regional General Council - Resolution on Climate Change

Nov 2008

In this resolution, the Second Regional General Council of the International Trade Union Confederation – Asia Pacific expresses deep concern about the impacts of climate change if no action is taken to arrest global warming as compelling scientific evidence from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) showed. It welcomes the Bali Action Plan or Bali Roadmap launched by the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Council calls for sincere efforts to meet commitments by industrialized countries to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) by an average of 5.2% from 1990 level for the first commitment period of 2008 – 2012.

The Council supports G8’s consensus 2008 setting the goal of achieving at least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050 and demands for the removal of restrictions and hindrances to technology innovation and technology transfers so as to remove any disadvantage or bias against developing countries from benefiting from any change in the pattern of production and consumption in the evolution of a green industrial revolution and societal transformation in the adaptation and mitigation processes in tackling climate change issues. It urges ITUC-AP to support national actions for raising awareness on climate change, its implications, and appropriate trade union action.