U.N. climate chief calls for cooperation at Mexico summit

10:19, April 01, 2010      

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U.N.climate chief Yvo de Boer on Wednesday in Bonn called for countries to build cooperation at this year's Mexico climate conference as current global pledges on emission cuts were insufficent.

"It is clear that the pledges on the table are an important step towards the objective of limiting growth of emissions, but they will not in themselves suffice to limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius," said the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary.

"The Climate Conference at the end of this year in Mexico, therefore, needs to put in place effective cooperative mechanisms capable of bringing about significant acceleration of national, regional and international action, both to limit the growth of emissions and to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change," he said.

The U.N.Climate Change Secretariat also published official reports Wednesday on the results of last year's U.N.Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

"The Copenhagen Accord is not least significant because it includes a clear pledge by industrialised nations to provide short-term and long-term finance for developing countries for adaptation and mitigation," de Boer said.

Until now, UNFCCC has received submissions of national pledges to cut or limit emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 from 75 parties, which together account for more than 80 per cent of global emissions from energy use, according to a UNFCCC press release.

The Copenhagen meeting also pushed forward the completion of some important decisions, which would immediately affect climate change, de Boer said. "This work can be completed in Mexico, with the adoption of a strong and balanced package of decisions," he said.

The next round of UNFCCC negotiations is scheduled to be held in Bonn, Germany, from April 9 to 11. This round of sessions is designed to agree on the organization and methods of work in 2010 in preparation for the Mexico conference.

Source: Xinhua


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