In Cancun, Oxfam Calls for Show of Political Will in Securing Key Agreements

Ministers participating in the high-level session of the U.N.-backed climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico, should show the political leadership needed to ensure that key agreements will be made at the conclusion of the conference on Friday (Dec. 10), Oxfam urged.

“[M]inisters must elevate the level of vision and ambition for these negotiations. They must give political direction so that key agreements are made, especially to set a new fair Climate Fund and to clarify the legally binding outcome of the UNFCCC (U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change) negotiations,” Tim Gore, Oxfam International’s climate change policy adviser, said in a news release.

Gore said it is important for the ministers to build on the progresses made so far and use their political leadership to avoid a repeat of what he terms as the “Copenhagen debacle.”

He added that securing agreements in key issues such as climate finance will help make the Cancun conference a “milestone that delivers for poor people suffering the impacts of climate change.”

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