Current state of talks



Posted on 18 December 2009
In a summary of talks so far today in Copenhagen, Kim Carstensen, Leader of WWF's Global Climate Initiative said:

“We are seeing a number of different texts coming forward, and there will be more drafts as the day unfolds, however, nothing we have seen so far matches the level of ambition needed on the legal nature of an agreement, or the numbers required for mitigation and finance.”

“The existing drafts contain vague language pointing towards the need to stay below a two degree temperature rise, however there is little in the detail that would ensure delivery on this in practise.”

“Having also heard some key speeches, it’s clear that there is still a real need for action. President Obama has said numerous times that all countries need to stand behind their commitments and make them transparent. That applies to the US as well. The EU appears to be weakening their conditional pledge to move to 30 per cent emissions reduction below 1990 levels, from their current position of 20 per cent, which is a real disappointment because the science clearly indicates all developed countries should be pushing for 40 per cent. We urge more progressive Member States within the EU to commit to stepping up with more ambitious targets right now.”

“China needs to move forward also. There seems to be a basis for this in Wen Jiabao’s speech, where he agreed to meet China’s current pledges without extra money, and his indication that China might be willing to do more in terms of emissions reductions and also transparency, while India has also said they would do more if they were supported.”

“Heads of State must all now take the opportunity while it still exists, to make sure that ambition within the deal is ratcheted up to a level that will ensure that they do not lock the planet on the path to a dangerous high carbon future.”

“We need a definitive target year for peak and decline of emissions, clear sources for finance for mitigation and adaption in developing countries, and an agreement for a scientific review of any deal signed, by 2014.”

For further information:
Ashwini Prabha
aprabha@wwfint.org
+41 79 873 80 99

Kim Carstensen listening to the speakers at the opening of the WWF Arctic tent in Nytorv Square, COP15, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kim Carstensen listening to the speakers at the opening of the WWF Arctic tent in Nytorv Square, COP15, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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