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Canada urges UN to move beyond Kyoto [http://www.PoliticsWatch.com Updated 12:35 p.m., September 24, 2007]

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 

OTTAWA  — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said at the United Nations Monday there is an international consensus that a new climate change plan is needed to replace the Kyoto protocol.

"(There is) consensus on the need for a new, effective, flexible climate change framework," Harper said during a five-minute speech to a special UN summit on climate change. "One that commits all the world's major emitters to real targets and concrete action against global greenhouse gas emissions." 

"Among other things, a new international framework must stimulate the development and deployment of clean, low-carbon energy technologies."

Harper has faced criticism from environmentalists and opposition parties in Canada for not committing Canada to meet its Kyoto protocol targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

The government says Canada's Kyoto target  calling for a five per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels is not realistic. 

In addition, some of the world's largest economies, including the U.S., China and India, have not signed on to Kyoto. 

Harper did not mention any specific greenhouse gas targets in his speech, but generally outlined Canada's efforts to combat climate change. 

"The core principle of Canada's approach to climate change is balance." Harper said.  

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