Mutually agreeable climate deal expected in Cancun: UN official

08:05, November 11, 2010      

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UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said on Wednesday that governments can reach a mutually agreeable climate deal in Cancun, Mexico.

"At this point, everything I see tells me that there is a deal to be done," Figueres said at a press briefing for Cancun in Bonn.

Figueres asked governments to make "compromise" and "balance their expectations so everyone can carry home a positive achievement while allowing others to do the same." "That's how multilateral agreements are made elsewhere and it's how it has to happen in climate, too," she said.

The deal can push actions on adaptation, technology transfer, forests and create a new fund to house long-term climate financing, Figueres said.

She also admitted that there are still "political gaps" among governments, focusing on how to move forward emission reductions, what to do about the Kyoto Protocol and how to anchor the many national targets and actions governments have put forward, especially targets of industrialized countries.

Figueres said a Cancun deal can not solve all the problems. But it can set a new pace for negotiations, where governments lock in bigger and better agreements every year, never ruling out new possibilities or ignoring existing needs for the future.

The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference, so called COP16, will be held in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10, 2010. To prepare for it five round of negotiations have been summoned, three in Bonn, Germany, one in Tianjin, China, while the latest one was pre-COP ministerial meeting held in Mexico City, Mexico from Nov. 3 to 6.

Source: Xinhua


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