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Nordic ministers confirm commitment to reach 'ambitious' climate pact at COP 21

REYKJAVIK, Oct. 29 — Nordic ministers signed a common declaration here Wednesday to confirm their commitment to reach an ambitious climate agreement at the upcoming COP 21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

"The Nordic countries reconfirm their strong commitment to reach an ambitious, global and legally binding agreement at COP21 in Paris that will keep global temperature rise well below two degrees," said the declaration issued by the climate and environment ministers of Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden and Aland at the annual Nordic Councils session going on in the capital city.

In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, the declaration noted that climate actions could improve economic performance, spur investments and innovation, create jobs and have positive impacts in other areas such as health and energy security.

Nordic countries support a global, scientifically-based, long-term emissions reduction goal, according to the declaration.

They also remain committed to scaling up the mobilization of climate finance from a variety of sources in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency of implementation, to contribute towards the developed countries' goal to jointly mobilize USD100 billion per year by 2020, said the declaration.

The three-day annual Nordic Council session opened on Tuesday in Reykjavik with about 1,000 participants. Prime ministers, as well as many other ministers from the Nordic and Baltic countries, attend the session on the theme of Nordic visions and international politics. (PNA/Xinhua)

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