UN Climate change Chief: "If we continue at this rate, we're not going to make it"
15 Aug, 2009 12:12 pm
Yvo de Boer closes Bonn talks with stark warning that the current pace of the Copenhagen negotiations remains far too slow.
Briefing the media on the last day of the informal consultations in Bonn, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that while selective progress had been made to consolidate the huge texts on the table, at this rate, we will not make it.
He said negotiations needed to move much faster to deliver strong outcomes on areas such as adaptation, technology, building skills in developing nations. Governments needed to buckle down and concretely identify how to achieve this.
He spoke of increasing momentum at a high political level for a strong result in Copenhagen, including the G8 and Major Economies Forum. However, a concerted response to climate change was essential to meet the concerns of developing countries.
Mr. de Boer stressed that "a climate deal in Copenhagen this year is an unequivocal requirement to stop climate change from slipping out of control.
The Secretary-General's Climate Change Summit in New York on 22 September presents an opportunity for world leaders to provide clear political guidance.