EU wants reform of UN climate talks

Structure of UN talks needs changing and US needs to be ‘much more’ engaged, EU presidency says.



The Spanish EU presidency said today that the United Nations must reform the way it conducts climate negotiations, if it is to avoid a repeat of last month’s disappointment at Copenhagen.

Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spain’s foreign minister, said that the “way it [Copenhagen] was discussed, prepared, was not appropriate for a successful outcome”.

“We have to change some elements of the existing structure [for talks]”, he said.

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The Copenhagen talks, which concluded on 19 December, had originally been expected to broker an international climate change agreement to replace the Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012.

In the end, leaders of the world’s major economies were able to agree only a non-binding document without national targets for emissions reductions – a result described as a “disappointment” by the European Commission.

Moratinos said that the EU wants to see a higher level of commitment from the US in the next round of climate change talks, taking place in Mexico in December.

“We consider there can be much more work, much more engagement from the US,” he said.

Jim Brunsden 

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