• Talks on post-2015 climate agreement fail

                May 30, 2012
                by Alexandre Botev
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                The latest round of international climate change talks, took place in Bonn,  finished in discord and disappointment, with some participants concerned that important progress made last year was being unpicked.

                At the talks, countries were supposed to set out a workplan on negotiations that should result in a new global climate treaty, to be drafted by the end of 2015 and to come into force in 2020.

                But participants were downbeat, disappointed and frustrated that the decision to work on a new treaty, reached after marathon late-running talks last December in Durban, was being questioned.

                China and India, both rapidly growing economies with an increasing share of global emissions, have tried to delay talks on such a treaty.

                Instead of a workplan for the next three years to achieve the objective of a new pact, governments have only managed to draw up a partial agenda.

                “It’s incredibly frustrating to have achieved so little” said one developed country participant. “We’re stepping backwards, not forwards.”

                Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate chief, said: “The world cannot afford that a few want to backtrack from what was agreed in Durban only five months ago.”

                “Durban was – and is – a delicately balanced package where all elements must be delivered at the same pace. It is not a pick and choose menu. It is very worrisome that attempts to backtrack have been so obvious and time-consuming in the Bonn talks over the last two weeks.”

                There was also little progress on the key issue of the financing by rich countries of actions in the developing world.

                Meeting in Bonn, negotiators and officials from around the world haggled over the set-up of a “Green Climate Fund” that would channel cash from the developed world to poorer countries, to help them cut greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the effects of climate change.

                “Climate crisis is not caused by lack of options and solutions, but lack of political action” said at the end a Greenpeace spokeswoman.

                Read the full story in Italian on Canale Energia

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