Reality Check: UN Climate Talks Stall Despite G7 Posturing

  • Date: 09/06/15
  • Agence France-Press

Calls by the Group of Seven (G7) Monday to slash world carbon emissions did little to boost UN climate talks in Bonn, where frustration mounted over the snail-­like progress.

Delegates during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany, June 2015  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Groups of countries pleaded for greater efforts to streamline a draft text for a climate pact due to be adopted at a conference in Paris in just over six months.

“We are very concerned about the pace of negotiations,” said Amjad Abdulla of the Maldives, speaking for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) which are deeply exposed to climate change.

“We have not made the big jump forward that we need,” he told a stock­taking session. “There is clearly an urgent need to make more substantive progress and to proceed at a faster pace than we did last week,” said South Africa’s Nozipho Mxakatoc ­Diseko on behalf of the so ­called G77 and China group of developing nations.

Due to end on Friday, the 11­day Bonn talks are tasked with shaping a draft text for the November 30 ­December UN conference in Paris, which must yield a global agreement.

The final document is supposed to enshrine the will of 195 countries to roll back climate change, spell out commitments to tackle greenhouse gases and provide aid to vulnerable economies from 2020.

But after a week of wrangling, just about five percent had been shaved off a sprawling near ­90 ­page draft, mostly by removing glaring duplications, said delegates. And there has been little serious talk about some of the many thorny issues that remain.

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