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Poznan climate talks conclude with no substantial progress


 
The UN climate talks concluded this year's two-week negotiations here early Saturday by endorsing reports including no substantial achievement for fighting climate change.

Parties attending the talks failed to reach any consensus on a long-term goal of greenhouse gas emission cut, a target critical for reaching a deal in Copenhagen, Denmark, late next year.

Positive results are mainly a work program guiding the incomingyear's negotiations and a decision to launch an adaptation fund togrant poor countries direct access to financial support for fighting climate change.

The work program is largely a schedule for the future negotiations leading to the Copenhagen meeting, which was expected to reach a global climate deal to succeed the first phase of Kyoto Protocol which is to expire in 2012.

"The Poznan meeting is a wasted opportunity. I think it's a time the developed countries show weak political will to take upon themselves to the emission cut that would be needed to combat climate change," Kim Carstensen, director of the Global Climate Initiative of World Wild Nature, told Xinhua.

"I would not see those two things as big achievement for a meeting for 190 countries for two weeks, I would certainly hope that we could get more result out of a time commitment like that,"Carstensen said.

Putting the blame on the industrialized countries, he said thatwhile the developing countries have inspired Poznan with relevant proposals, some industrialized countries like Japan and Canada came here "fainthearted and empty-handed."

 

Source:Xinhua
Date:Dec 14,2008