UN climate talks made limited progress, need to pick up speed

A week-long negotiations toward a new global response to climate change concluded in Bonn Friday. Negotiators get down to practicalities in the areas of adaptation, technology and capacity building. Some progress was also made in narrowing options in the negotiating text. “So with only 15 days of negotiating time left before Copenhagen, negotiations will need to considerably pick up speed for the world to achieve a successful result at Copenhagen,” Yvo de Boer, UN climate chief, said. Governments also discussed how 2020 emission reduction pledges of industrialized countries could be translated into legally binding targets as a key component of the Copenhagen deal. “Industrialized countries need to show a greater level of ambition in agreeing to meaningful mid-term emission reduction targets,” de Boer said. “We also need a clear indication of the finance and technology industrialized countries are ready to provide to help developing countries green their economic growth and adapt to the impacts of climate change,” said de Boer.

A week-long negotiations toward a new global response to climate change concluded in Bonn Friday. Negotiators get down to practicalities in the areas of adaptation, technology and capacity building. Some progress was also made in narrowing options in the negotiating text. “So with only 15 days of negotiating time left before Copenhagen, negotiations will need to considerably pick up speed for the world to achieve a successful result at Copenhagen,” Yvo de Boer, UN climate chief, said. Governments also discussed how 2020 emission reduction pledges of industrialized countries could be translated into legally binding targets as a key component of the Copenhagen deal. “Industrialized countries need to show a greater level of ambition in agreeing to meaningful mid-term emission reduction targets,” de Boer said. “We also need a clear indication of the finance and technology industrialized countries are ready to provide to help developing countries green their economic growth and adapt to the impacts of climate change,” said de Boer.

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