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Doha:UN climate change talks extended Last Updated : 08 Dec 2012 10:08:53 AM IST International climate talks extended to impose stringent new emissions targets
Doha talks aimed to address global climate change have been extended into another day amidst fears they may collapse altogether.
Negotiations between 194 nations at United Nations climate talks are expected to conclude on Saturday and a deal is expected to replace the historic Kyoto Protocol that could require us to meet stringent new emission targets.
As the negotiators at United Nations climate talks struggled to reach an ambitions deal to combat global warming. But there is indiccations that Britain is set to sign a new international climate treaty which could require us to meet stringent new emission targets.
According to the deal , Europe is committed to cutting its emissions by a fifth by 2020, with each member state set an individual target.
Negotiators remained deadlocked on issues crucial to extending the greenhouse gas-curbing Kyoto Protocol which expires at the end of December, and on funding to help poor countries deal with the fallout from climate change.
The climate talks at Doha were scheduled to end today but as much has been the tradition with successive COPs, this round too has stretched on to an extra day as the COP Presidency, as demanded by the parties, asked for another round of consultations on crucial issues of differences.
Disagreements over how to help poor nations cope with everything from floods to rising seas pushed marathon U.N. climate change talks among almost 200 countries close to failure on Saturday.
Frustration grew today with the Qatari hosts of UN climate talks stuttering towards a close in Doha,for failing to instil a sense of urgency in negotiators preparing themselves for a long night.
As some delegates urged conference chairman Abdullah BinHamad al-Attiyah to take matters in hand, he quipped in a stock-taking session: "I am not in a rush. I am at home. My house is only 10 minutes driving distance so I'd love you to stay here more days."
Several delegates, including European climate commissionerConnie Hedegaard, urged the vice prime minister of the fossil fuel giant to put pressure on negotiators.
"We really strongly feel that time is running out,"complained Hedegaard.
Attiyah said the delegates themselves were in control."The presidency (of the conference) is not puttingpressure," said the former energy minister of the world's biggest per-capita emitter of Earth-warming greenhouse gases
for the gathering is seeking to curb.
"The text is in your hands. If you don't rush, welcomewith me, you'll stay," he added.Interventions from previous conference hosts have been credited with helping break some of the deadlocks that have become characteristic of UN climate talks.
"Here, there is no management. Up to now, the Qataripresidency has been totally absent," one negotiator told Qatar has so far also resisted pressure to announce a target for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions.
Another point of discord has been the unwillingness of the developed countries to announce any new emission reduction targets, even as they negotiate a future post 2020 deal that will bring all major polluters including India and China under some reduction obligations.
While climate activists called the drafts doing the rounds as very w eak, developing countries complained there was utter lack of clarity on how the pledged finances are going to be achieved.
G77 plus China and other blocs like the AOSIS and LDCs said they were dissatisfied by the lack of commitments being made on the climate financing issue as well as on the front of technology sharing.
India said though the talks had ensured that no issue would fall off the table, there were still some concerns that needed to be addressed and that it will take them up suitably.Source: IANS, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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