More divisive voices expected as UN climate talks resume in Bonn

April 9th, 2010 - 3:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Bonn (Germany), Apr.9 (ANI): More divisive voices are expected to surface during the first round of UN climate talks, which open here from Friday, almost four months after the failed Copenhagen Summit.

Developing countries are adamant that the UN climate convention is the right forum for negotiating a global deal and want it done by the year’s end.

But others, notably the US, appear to think this is not politically feasible.

Some delegates are concerned that the whole process could collapse, given the divisions and lack of trust.

“There is the political will among developing countries. They are working for an agreement that includes further emissions reductions under the Kyoto Protocol,” Martin Khor, executive director of the South Centre, an intergovernmental organisation of developing countries, told the BBC.

There’s considerable uncertainty about whether there is going to be a US domestic bill that follows through on the president’s 17 percent commitment “Whether there is political will among the industrialised countries is another matter,” he said.

Developing nations have been pressing to agree a series of preparatory meetings this year - as many as five - in order that outstanding differences on the text of a new agreement can be worked out in time for the next major summit in Mexico, in November and December.

But delegates here said that richer countries were resisting this, holding out for just one more meeting before November, which would leave no chance of agreeing a new global treaty or even agreeing a framework. (ANI)

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