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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-05

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  • [01] Climate Change Day
  • [02] Philip II palace digitally recreated
  • [03] Greek stocks down 2.85%
  • [04] Global Forum for Media in Athens

  • [01] Climate Change Day

    Environment Minister George Souflias on Friday stressed the need for global cooperation to combat climate change, in a message marking Global Day of Action on Climate Change on December 6.

    "The global community is up against a major problem: climate change. It has an obligation toward the next generations to deal with this, with the active participation of all," Souflias said.

    He stressed that the United Nations talks on climate change underway in Poznan, Poland had to achieve global cooperation. All countries must make commitments for substantial action against climate change and lay the foundations for a green economy with greatly reduce carbon emissions, he added.

    Souflias underlined that Greece was dedicated to meeting its targets under an EU plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent up to 2020, while promoting renewable energy sources so that it accounted for 20 percent of power production and ensuring 20 percent energy conservation.

    "Based on figures of the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, Greece is one of the four EU countries that have already met the targets set under the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2008-2012 through the measures it has implemented," he said.

    The minister stressed, in conclusion, that restoring the climate required management measures but that these were not enough.

    "It is imperative to change ways of thinking, change the lifestyle and behaviour of modern humanity. For this we need to responsibly and reliably inform and sensitise the society of citizens," Souflias emphasised.

    [02] Philip II palace digitally recreated

    A digital image shows a mosaic in the royal palace belonging to Philip II of Macedon. The two-storey palace lies in the Aiges archaeological site in north-central Greece, near Vergina, in what was then the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. The structure dates to 350-340 BC, with a facade measuring 13.60 metres in length and 78 metres in height, which would make it three times the size of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens. Research on the excavation work was presented on Wednesday at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, where archaeologists descibed it as the "Parthenon of Macedonia". ANA-MPA / STR.

    [03] Greek stocks down 2.85%

    Greek stocks finished the week on the downside at the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday, succumbing to international trends. The composite index of the market ended 2.85 pct down to finish at 1,788.46 points, with turnover a low to moderate 139.5 million euros, of which 2.3 million euros were block trades.

    Most sectors moved lower, with the Industrials (6.22 pct), Mass Media (4.58 pct) and Banks (4.45 pct) suffering the heaviest percentage losses of the day, while Utilities (4.72 pct) and Commerce (0.78 pct) posting the biggest gains.

    The FTSE 20 index fell 3.26 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 2.43 pct lower and the FTSE 80 index eased 0.66 pct. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 156 to 62 with another 36 issues unchanged.

    [04] Global Forum for Media in Athens

    Greek President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias will open the 2nd Global Forum for Media Development in Athens on Sunday, Dec. 7, at a central hotel in the Greek capital, where some 400 media experts from around the world are expected to discuss ways of securing free and independent media as well as strengthening their role in contributing to confronting social ills, including poverty, social dislocation and inequality.

    Key-note speakers during the four-day conference, entitled "How Media can Bring the World to Life", include Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, PASOK party leader and Socialist International President George Papandreou, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis, Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk as well as high-level representatives from the UN, UNESCO, the World Bank and other intergovernmental institutions.

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