Disagreement delays declaration of Egypt’s climate summit and a European threat to leave without an agreement | news

Disagreement delays declaration of Egypt’s climate summit and a European threat to leave without an agreement |  news
Disagreement delays declaration of Egypt’s climate summit and a European threat to leave without an agreement |  news

Disagreement delays declaration of Egypt’s climate summit and a European threat to leave without an agreement | news

Negotiators at the COP 27 climate summit in Egypt are continuing their efforts to resolve disputes after the conference’s closing deadline, scheduled for Friday, was extended and the European Union threatened to leave without an agreement.

Reuters quoted Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is chairing the conference, as saying he knew there was a lot of “discontent” among all parties, but he urged countries to show their determination to reach consensus.

“The matter is now at the will of the parties. The parties must rise to the level of the event and take responsibility for finding areas of convergence,” Shoukry said.

One of the most contentious issues at the Sharm El-Sheikh summit was the creation of a new fund to help countries deal with the damage caused by climate change and the call for a phase-out of all fossil fuels.

Egypt’s foreign minister said the draft summit statement maintained the 1.5 degree target, citing the level already set by previous climate summits to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Shoukry told reporters after a night of intense negotiations that “the vast majority of parties have informed me that they consider the text to be balanced and could lead to a possible breakthrough to reach consensus,” according to the French press agency.

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On the other hand, the European Union agreed to leave the summit without an agreement, but made it clear that a solution could still be found.

“We’d rather have no result than a bad result,” said Frans Timmermans, European Commission vice-president and head of climate policy.

“We’re concerned about things we’ve seen and heard in the last 12 hours,” he told reporters, noting that Europeans are “keeping alive” the goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. wanted to.

Developing countries demand compensation for climate change damage (Reuters)

For his part, Dutch climate minister Rob Witten, in a statement to Reuters, said he felt the COP 27 summit was backtracking on some areas from the climate deal reached in Glasgow last year, referring to the COP 26 “-Summit.

“I think not everyone is really happy with the progress that has been made overnight,” he said. He added: “We are still awaiting some news but it seems we are withdrawing from the Glasgow route and that is unacceptable.”

In the same context, Agence France-Presse quoted an official at France’s energy transition ministry as saying: “At this point, the Egyptian presidency (of the climate summit) is reversing the progress made in Glasgow on reducing emissions.”

“This is unacceptable for France and European Union countries,” the French official added.

The European Union surprisingly announced on Thursday that it would support the group of 134 developing countries’ proposal to set up a fund to help them adapt to the damage caused by climate change.

But it was not clear on Friday whether developing countries would accept the European Union’s condition that funding come from a broad base of countries, including China, and that only the “most affected countries” benefit from the aid.

Delegates are still waiting to see how the United States and China will respond.

Any agreement reached at COP27 must be endorsed by almost all of the 200 countries present.


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