No 'Plan B' if Copenhagen talks fail: UNFCCC



No `Plan B` if Copenhagen talks fail: UNFCCC 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