Bolivian Envoy to UN Slams ‘Low Expectations’ at Cancun Climate Summit

Talks of “low expectations” at the ongoing U.N.-backed conference in Cancun is a ruse by a number of developed countries to conceal their obligation to take action against climate change, Bolivia’s ambassador to the U.N. says.

“They are playing politics with the planet’s future. If the Cancun talks set sail with no wind, then no-one will be angered when they stall,” Pablo Solon writes in an opinion piece in the Guardian.

Solon encourages the U.S., among other countries, to do its part in brokering a new binding deal on carbon emission cuts. Otherwise, the country “must step aside,” he says.

“Meanwhile, developed country blocks, such as the EU, must stop hiding behind US intransigence. They must commit urgently to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent before 2017,” Solon adds.

Climate change negotiators are meeting in Cancun, Mexico, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 10.

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