‘Governments urged to tackle work agreed in 2010 at UN climate meeting’

Engineering News, 6 April 2011

The first United Nations (UN) climate change negotiating session for 2011 started in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) executive secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to tackle work agreed to in 2010 and address shortfalls in climate action to put the world on a climate-safe path.

She said that governments should complete the concrete work they agreed to in Cancun, Mexico, and to chart a way forward that would ensure renewed success at the following UN Climate Change Conference in Durban.

“If governments move forward in the continued spirit of flexibility and compromise that inspired them in Mexico, then I’m confident they can make significant new progress in 2011,” Figueres said.

“The fragile compromise achieved in Cancun helped put the UN negotiations back on track. Bangkok needs to build on this progress and boost the overall ambition levels of the talks if we are to avert the worst consequences of climate change,” said South African World Wide Fund for Nature delegation leader Tasneem Essop.

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