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Copenhagen conf achieved key things on climate change: Boer

Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:11

United Nations: Speaking for the first time after the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, the UN climate chief, Yvo de Boer, noted that the talks in the Danish capital achieved three key things on which the international community needed to build on at the next set of negotiations in Mexico.

"It is fair to say that Copenhagen didn`t produce the full agreement the world needs to address the collective climate challenge," de Boer said.
"That just makes the task more urgent. The window of opportunity for countries to come to grips with the issue is closing faster than it was before," he noted.

These key things, according to de Boer, are engagement on the crisis at the highest level of government, and the Copenhagen Accord reflects a political consensus on long-term global response.

And next, "Negotiations away from the cameras brought an almost full set of decisions to implement rapid climate action near to Completion," he added.

The UN Climate Chief noted that the Copenhagen Accord was crafted by a group of countries - the biggest, smallest, richest and poorest. "It represents a political letter of intent," he said.

Pointing out two areas of consensus in the accord Boer said, firstly it sets out guidelines to reduce national emissions by defining a global temperature rise limit of two degrees and secondly it defines the amounts of short and long-term finance to implement climate change action in developing nations.
"Copenhagen didn`t produce the final cake ... but it left countries with the right ingredients to bake a new one in Mexico," he said.

The Copenhagen Accord that was produced by 29 countries, but principally drafted by the United States, China, India, Brazil and South Africa, in the last few hours of the Copenhagen Conference.

The document was slammed by certain countries including Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba for having left the majority of the nations out of the negotiating process.

Eventually, it was not adopted but the gathered parties agreed to "take note" of the document. Its present status remains dubious as many nations have taken a view that it cannot form the basis of future climate talks. Its principle drafters have yet to accept the accord.

According to the UN, the Copenhagen Accord has been accepted by nine states Australia, France, Canada, Singapore, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Ghana and the Maldives.

Meanwhile, Bolivia is organising alternative international Climate talks in the city of Cochabamba in April.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:11
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