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No `Plan B` if Copenhagen talks fail: UNFCCC

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 11:30

Geneva: A key climate change meeting in
Copenhagen this December could well be the last chance for
countries to reach a pact on how to deal with the global
warming crisis as the UN panel has no `Plan B` in case the
talks fail.

"There is no `Plan B` if climate change talks fail at
Copenhagen," a senior official of the UN Framework Convention
on Climate Change told a group of visiting journalists here.

The Conference of Parties (CoP) must come up with a
successor to the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.

The UNFCCC officials were hopeful that the CoP would be
able to hammer out an agreement at Copenhagen on tackling
global warming takes place between December 7 and 18.

The member nations will have two opportunities to
discuss the finer details on steps to be taken to mitigate and
adapt to climate change when the negotiators meet in Bangkok
later this month and again in Barcelona in November.

"At Copenhagen, there will be either an amendment to
the Kyoto Protocol, a new treaty or a combination of
treaties," the official said on condition of anonymity.

He said the Heads of State "must instruct" negotiators
to "move fast" on the climate change talks.

Several Heads of State would get an opportunity to
interact on the margins of the UN General Assembly and the
G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh on September 24-25.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 11:30
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