Press Releases

    SG/SM/9511
         ENV/DEV/794
         1 October 2004

    Secretary-General Welcomes Russian Cabinet’s Measure on Kyoto Protocol

    NEW YORK, 30 September (UN Headquarters) -- Following is a statement attributable to the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General was pleased to learn today that the Russian Cabinet has asked the State Duma to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. He welcomes this step, since the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, made possible by Russia’s ratification, will be the essential first step in tackling the planetary challenge posed by climate change. He takes this occasion to remind the entire international community of the need to bring a greater sense of urgency to this crucial issue of human security and well-being.

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