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Topic Index of the UNFCCC COP-5 High Level Segment:
Voluntary commitments
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Several Parties commented on the question of voluntary commitments for developing country Parties. Argentina announced that it had adopted a voluntary target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2 to 10% below �business-as-usual� by the 2008 - 2012 period. It noted that it does not intend to abandon its status as a non-Annex I Party. While some Parties welcomed this initiative, others said the issue was being used as an excuse to delay progress by Annex I Parties. Some argued that voluntary commitments should be based on economic incentives.

Parties that addressed this issue were:

Alliance Of Small Island
States (AOSIS)

Argentina

Australia

India

Japan

Republic of Korea

Russian Federation

US

Uzbekistan

Zimbabwe

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