Governments 'making headway' in climate talks, says UN

by Stephen Hurrell. Published Thu 13 Aug 2009 15:43, Last updated: 2009-08-13
Yvo de Boer believes progress is being made

Critical negotiations to create a global greenhouse reduction treaty are going well, according to the UN.

World governments are into the fourth day of informal talks to create a basis for negotiations in the Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December this year.

The five-day event in Bonn, Germany will aim to reduce the size of a 200-page ‘negotiating text’ and Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), believes headway is being made.

According to de Boer, talks have focused on providing technology and finance to help developing countries reduce harmful emissions and adapt to the consequences of climate change.

Working towards an agreement on the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, governments have looked at mid-term emission reduction pledges and how they can be turned into legally binding targets.

However, China and India will not commit to exact targets for carbon reductions, making an agreement in Copenhagen unlikely.

"What we have on offer at the moment from rich nations is miles away from what leaders were talking about in the G8," said de Boer.

Representatives from 180 countries have attended the conference, which was added because of a lack of progress with the deadline for Copenhagen getting nearer. The text outlining options for global warming has grown from 50 pages to 200 in just a few months.

The meeting is set to end tomorrow and will be followed by negotiations in Bangkok from 28th September to 9th October and Barcelona from 2nd to 6th November.

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