Ban warns over failure on climate talks

Ban warns over failure on climate talks

Dili/Nusa Dusa: Negotiators from 190 countries meeting in Bali to discuss climate change have “a political and historical responsibility" to reach a deal, said Ban Ki-moon, secretary general, UN.

Asked about the consequences of not reaching a deal, Ban said “that would be very serious". The UN secretary general said he felt all countries, including the United States, wanted an agreement.

The United States, as well as Japan, Canada and Australia, have been disputing a guideline for rich nations to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 25% to 40% below 1990 levels.

“I think there will be an agreement," he said on board a flight from the Indonesian resort island of Bali, where the summit is taking place, to East Timor’s capital Dili.

He warned against countries becoming fixated on emission targets. “That will have to be negotiated down the road" he said.

Ban said he would be prepared to make an unscheduled return to Bali on 15 December if the talks were still deadlocked.

“I think the negotiators and particularly the ministers and the senior leaders have a political and historical responsibility to conclude the talks successfully, climate change, global warming doesn’t care where you’re from," he said.

Climate draft drops 2020 emissions goal

A compromise draft text to be launched in Bali for a global pact to fight climate change has dropped a key ambition of tough 2020 greenhouse emissions cuts for rich countries.

The text, trying to end a dispute between the United States and the European Union on the last day of two-week talks, retained an ambition for global greenhouse gas emissions to peak in the next 10-15 years and to fall well below half of 2000 levels by 2050.