Speech over watersnoodramp op ‘COP 15’

Speech over watersnoodramp op ‘COP 15’

Door Jacqueline Cramer op 18 december 2009 Delen  

Ik heb vannacht de plenaire zaal toegesproken op de klimaattop in Kopenhagen.
In de Engelstalige toespraak vertelde ik over de watersnoodramp in 1953 en over
hoe de gevolgen van die ramp in Nederland solidair zijn opgelost.

In de aanloop naar de top heb ik de afgelopen weken elke dag een blog
geschreven. Dinsdag moest ik even van me afbijten. Wat een zwarte dag. De
discussies in de plenaire zaal werden de hele dag gesaboteerd door een handjevol
notoire dwarsliggers uit de G77, de groep van ontwikkelingslanden. Aan
inhoudelijke discussies over CO2-reducties, geldstroom naar de
ontwikkelingslanden of het tegengaan van ontbossing zijn we niet eens
toegekomen. Slechts beroepsonderhandelaars die sikkeneurig protesteerden tegen
vergadertijden, onderhandelingslijstjes, zaaltjes en tafelschikkingen. We zijn
geen steek opgeschoten. En daar baalde ik ontzettend van.

Op de website van mijn ministerie
kunt u alle
blogs nog eens nalezen
. Hieronder mijn volledige speech van vannacht.

‘Mister president, your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

The Dutch have a long and sometimes tragic history of living below sea level.

In my childhood, thousands of inhabitants of the province of Zeeland, the
native soil of our Prime Minister, drowned when the dykes collapsed in a
tempestuous and stormy night.  Many more lost their homes, their farms, their

President Nasheed, we feel your pain. The clear and present danger
threatening your country  and so many others, is no abstraction for the people
of the Netherlands.

But there’s hope. When the waters in Zeeland had returned, our nation faced
the enormous task of rebuilding our dikes, containing the sea, and safeguard the

The Dutch joined forces in an impressive social enterprise to reconstruct a
major part of our nation. For the people on the safe grounds, it was a matter of
pure solidarity with the people in the devastated areas.

This spirit of shared providence and mutual responsibility was one of the
strongest forces ever unleashed within our society. It is this spirit that we
need today, to guide us to a binding agreement on climate change.

Mister chairman, not all nations present here at COP15 are so fortunate as
the people of Zeeland after the 1950´s. They lack the means to protect
themselves. They need our support. Support from the industrialized countries
that caused the problem of climate change in the first place.

The Netherlands accept this historic responsibility. Let me make myself
absolutely clear. We are determined to keep the rise of global temperatures
below 2 degrees. We are ready to commit ourselves to binding reduction targets
of 30%. We are willing to provide new and additional resources on the short
term. And we are prepared to contribute to predictable long term funding of
climate policies in developing countries with governance under COP.

Mister president, the task at hand is daunting, yet surmountable.  The
technology is available. Knowledge is abundant. Funding is within reach. But the
asset most needed here and now is political will. We can only prevail if we set
our differences aside, join forces and show unprecedented determination. Future
generations deserve no less than that.

The past few days we haven´t shown the world our best performance. But it´s
not too late. It´s not too late to seal a deal.

The people of Zeeland have a saying in Latin, luctor et emergo. I struggle
and prevail. Let this be a source of inspiration for all parties.

Thank you Mister President.’