First draft for a Copenhagen Agreement

First draft for a Copenhagen agreement

Read the draft here:

Framework Convention on Climate Change

It’s a “big moment for the talks”, said Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, which published the documents on Friday.

Michael von Bülow 18/05/2009 08:15

The United Nations took a first step towards a new climate treaty to be agreed in Copenhagen in December by publishing the first draft negotiating texts on Friday.

In addition to laying out options for rich nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the two documents, totaling 68 pages, laid out choices on controversial issues such as nuclear power, emissions trading and forests.

“It’s certainly a big moment for the talks,” said Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, and added:

“The texts will provide governments with the basis to get down to the real nitty gritty of identifying where they agree, where they disagree and what they can do to turn disagreement into an agreement.”

The draft texts reveal “a great gulf between the various numbers presented by the parties”, John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the UN told Reuters. He compiled the texts as head of a UN group looking at future cuts in emissions by rich nations.

“It won’t be possible to please everyone. Everyone will be unhappy with the outcome in Copenhagen, but my hope is that what comes out will be good for the planet,” Ashe said.


~ by Cory Morningstar on June 2, 2009.

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