UN Climate Chief Wants to See Consensus in Cancun Summit

United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres. Photo by: UN Climate Talks / CC BY NC-ND UN Climate TalksCC BY NC-ND

United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres urged governments to agree on “four or five” planks at the forthcoming climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, slated for December to help forge a 2012 global pact on climate.

“We read it that countries are assuming their responsibility, that they’re being realistic, that they’re being productive, that they’re being constructive and that they’re counting on very clear outcomes from Cancun,” the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change told reporters on Sept. 2 at the sidelines of a ministerial meeting on climate change in Geneva.

One of the issues that will be discussed in the Cancun summit is climate financing, Agence France-Presse reports.

“The regulation of the financial issues is a key precondition for the successful conclusion of the climate negotiations in Cancun,” said Swiss environment minister, Moritz Leuenberger, in a speech to open the talks, which runs until today (Sept. 3).

The Geneva talks aim to establish a “dialogue” on how to mobilize some USD100 billion in annual climate financing by 2020.

Dutch environment minister, Tineke Huizinga-Heringa, is scheduled to launch Sept. 3 a website that will track the USD30 billion climate financing pledged in last year’s Copenhagen summit.

Figueres said the recent natural calamities such as the flooding in Pakistan and fires in Russia underscore the need for collective efforts to combat climate change.

“Science will show whether and how those events are related to climate change caused by humanity’s greenhouse-gas emissions, but the point is clear: We cannot afford to face escalating disasters of that kind,” she said.

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