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G8 MEMBER COUNTRIES019the course of the discussions, I myself stronglyemphasised the necessity of formulating a politicalagreement. I believe that Japan's ambitious mid-termtarget and its concrete proposal on assistance todeveloping countries gave momentum to thenegotiations at COP 15. This wonderful award is not just for me. I can say withcertainty that this award is nothing less than a messageof encouragement to all national leaders who areseriously tackling the issue of climate change. What is necessary now is to ensure association with theCopenhagen Accord by as many countries as possible.I know that a substantial number of countries have already expressed their willingness to support the Accord. Japan will continue to play an active role in convincingmore countries to associate themselves with theAccord. I also promise that Japan will spare no effort to" "Below: Japan primeminister Yukio Hatoyamachats with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moonWHAT IS NECESSARY NOWIS TO ENSURE ASSOCIATION WITHTHE COPENHAGEN ACCORD BY ASMANY COUNTRIESAS POSSIBLEachieve the early adoption of a comprehensive legaldocument to establish a fair and effective internationalframework among all major economies. I take this opportunity to reiterate my heartfeltappreciation to the Energy and Resources Institute(TERI), and express my sincere hope that theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),under the leadership of Dr Pachauri, will continue itspositive contribution to the worldwide efforts toaddress climate change. In closing, I wish to reaffirm the indispensable role tobe played by India in these endeavours, as one of themajor economies. nThe above remarks are taken from a video addressdelivered by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama at theLeadership Award Ceremony of the Delhi SustainableDevelopment Summit 2010 on 5 February 2010.For more information visit:

" "ussia remains committed to its strategy ofreducing carbon emissions, as it is in thecountry's best interests, claims DmitryMedvedev, President of the RussianFederation. At a state meeting dedicated to preventingnational security threats arising from global climatechange, he outlined the key points of Russia's ClimateDoctrine and set deadlines for their implementation.The global community has attempted to tackle climatechange on a number of occasions over the recentyears, but without much visible impact. TheCopenhagen Climate Change Conference failed toproduce results. The prospects for an internationalagreement on climate change are still not clear,although everyone continues to work, of course. As aresponsible country, we remain committed to ourchosen strategy, namely, developing an energy-efficient economy, modern "green technology" and amodern energy sector. No matter how the situationdevelops, it is in Russia's environmental and economicinterests to pursue this strategy. This is without aquestion an issue concerning our national security, andthis is why we are examining this matter here today. Russia's Climate Doctrine, approved at the end of lastyear, is based on the same strategy. Its implementationinvolves carrying out state programmes to reduce thehuman impact on the atmosphere and adapting themto global changes, including in the Arctic and in ournorthern latitudes. I want the Government to approve apackage of measures for implementing the [Climate]Doctrine by October 1, 2010. This includes draftingthe necessary laws and regulations. I hereby issue thisinstruction to the Government. We also need to establish new and effective financialand institutional mechanisms, and come up withincentives for companies to modernise theirtechnology. Perhaps we also need to adjust buildingand technical regulations to take into account thecurrent or forecast effects of climate change, thoughon this matter we need to proceed very carefully,because not all forecasts turn out to be correct. Whatever happens, we will need to make thoroughchecks of civil and military infrastructure located in theregions with the most complicated climatic conditionsand, if necessary, take measures to make them moreresilient in the context of climate change. In anycircumstances, according to evaluations already made,deterioration of the permafrost in the north of WesternSiberia and northeast of European Russia could causepotential damage to buildings and infrastructure. It is extremely important for us to develop modernscientific research and forecasting capability. We arestill a long way behind most developed countries inmonitoring and forecasting climate change. I want tobring to your attention that we are still unable to carryout ongoing meteorological study of the Arctic region.Being able to do so, is crucial to understanding thecauses and consequences of climate change. TheGovernment has a deadline of 1 June 2010 forproposing steps for the development of the Arktikamultipurpose space system and establishingmeteorological and climate monitoring subsystems. We still lack a clear organisational system formanaging climate research, both fundamental andapplied. We need a single centre and a single researchplan that includes forecasting national security threatsand offering effective recommendations for adaptingto climate change at the national level and at the levelof specific regions and industries. This plan must bedrawn up by 1 September 2010, and by 1 July thisMain Picture: Presidentof the RussianFederation, DmitryMedvedevCHANGING CLIMATE IS A THREAT TO SECURITYAS A RESPONSIBLECOUNTRY WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO OUR CHOSENSTRATEGY,NAMELY, DEVELOPING AN ENERGY-EFFICIENTECONOMY, MODERN "GREEN TECHNOLOGY" ANDA MODERN ENERGY SECTOR 020G8 MEMBER COUNTRIESRDMITRY MEDVEDEV, PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION