Global climate negotiations may need to continue through 2011 following the failure to secure a deal in Copenhagen last December, according to United Nations climate chief Yvo de Boer.
De Boer, who is also Denmark’s new climate minister, could not ensure either that a post-Kyoto Protocol agreement will be reached in the next scheduled ministerial meeting in Mexico, Reuters reports.
“Whether we can achieve that in Mexico or need a bit more time remains to be seen and will become clearer in the course of the year,” de Boer said. “It’s very difficult to pin down. One of the lessons from Copenhagen was don’t rush it, take the time you need to get full engagement of all countries and make sure people are confident about what is being agreed.”