Published On: Wed, Jun 10th, 2015

Alarm sounded over progress towards key climate summit

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International talks regarded as a key milestone towards a new global climate deal are due to end on Thursday, amid concern that progress has been slow.

Negotiators have been accused of spending too much time on detail and ”not getting around to any actual homework” at interim talks in Germany.

Countries are working towards options to limit greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 ahead of a crunch December summit.

Christian Aid said there was a danger of ”sleepwalking into Paris”.

”There has been too much time spent fiddling around with the unimportant details of the text,” said the charity’s senior climate change adviser, Mohamed Adow.

”Negotiators have acted like schoolchildren colouring in their homework timetable and not getting round to any actual homework.”

He said negotiations must deliver ”a robust text soon otherwise they will cause further unacceptable delays and result in countries sleepwalking into Paris”.

Momentum

Momentum is building towards the UN climate summit in Paris, which will determine how climate change is tackled for decades to come.

Key sticking points include finance to help developing countries adapt to climate change and agreeing on immediate and binding targets for carbon emissions.

But negotiating time is running out with only around 10 days’ worth of negotiations remaining after the Bonn talks close.

On Wednesday, countries discussed new draft text for the agreement designed to boost climate action in the short term.

A network of NGOs known as the Climate Action Network said there were ”solid suggestions for delivering near-term action that will be up for decision in Paris”.

”Parties have moved forwards to consolidate the draft Paris text here in Bonn, this will help give ministers more clarity and enable them to provide political steer on crunch issues over the coming months,” said Jake Schmidt of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Delegates will return to Bonn in August for another round of climate talks, before the summit in Paris at the end of the year.

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