Bonn Climate Summit Ends, Spat Persists

Four months after the tumultuous climate summit in Copenhagen, the sour and tense atmosphere persisted in the recently concluded Bonn climate talks, Agence France-Presse reports.

“The negotiations were very tense. There is a lot of mistrust,” French chief negotiator Paul Watkinson said. “Some delegates don’t seem to have taken onboard what happened in Copenhagen and the need to gain quick, concrete results.”

Developed and developing nations argue whether or not to move forward with the Copenhagen Accord, which aims to curb warming to 2 degrees Celsius, allocate USD30 billion in urgent climate financing from 2010 to 2012, and commit another USD100 billion each year by 2020.

“We reached an agreement in Bali (in 2007) that we would conclude negotiations two years later in Copenhagen, and we didn’t,” said United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer. “The finishing line has now been moved to Cancun, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the final finishing line in terms of a legally binding treaty ends up being moved to South Africa” at end of 2011.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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