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Iceland to Reveal Paris Climate Summit Goals This Week

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Iceland to Reveal Paris Climate Summit Goals This Week

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Icelandic government’s priorities for the UN climate change summit to be held in Paris next year will be presented to the public this week. The country’s environment minister says Iceland will most likely subscribe to the same set of goals Norway and the EU have proposed.

Leader of the Left Green Movement, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, told Alþingi on Thursday morning that parliament has spent far too little time discussing climate change, which is the biggest issue of the modern age.

“One black report follows another and we are already noticing changes in the weather patterns which have a massive impact on the balance of life here in Iceland—as well as people living everywhere else in the world,” Katrín said.

The highly anticipated climate summit in Paris next year has already attracted sets of goals published by the EU and Norway, which proposes that greenhouse gas emissions be cut by 40 percent on 1990 levels by 2030. Meanwhile Iceland has barely started discussing the topic, Katrín claimed.

“The environment and transport committee and the foreign affairs committee received word many months ago that work on Iceland’s climate goals had begun, but still nothing is known of these goals. I must therefore ask the right honorable minister: where are the goals, when will they come, and what will they be?” Katrín asked.

Sigrún Magnúsdóttir, Minister for the Environment, responded by agreeing with Katrín that climate change is among the biggest issues of the modern age and that it is clear that climate change is caused by human actions which every single person can have a small impact upon.

“And I can gladden the MP, as well as other members here, by saying that five ministries have been working tirelessly. It will be submitted to the government before parliament goes home next week,” the minister said.

She said that Norway has decided to follow the European Union’s main goals and proposals and that Iceland will most likely follow suit, reported Vísir.

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