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The Precautionary Principle says “the lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as an excuse to postpone action when there is a threat of serious or irreparable damage”.
The Principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities assigns the lead in combating climate change to developed countries.
- submit GHG emission inventories by sources and removals by sinks
- adopt national strategies for mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts
- promote technology transfer and sustainable development, conservation, and enhancement of greenhouse gas sinks (such as forests).
- take climate change into account in relevant social, economic and environmental policies
- promote education, public awareness, and exchange of information
Industrialized countries commitments:
- OECD + states of Central and Eastern Europe will adopt policies and measures aimed at returning emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2000
- must submit regular national communications on climate change strategies
Richest countries to provide funding:
- for developing countries to submit their national communications
- for environmentally sound technologies to be utilized by developing countries