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Include Copenhagen pact in formal climate talks: EU

delhi Updated: Apr 09, 2010 21:08 IST

A top European climate official today made a strong pitch for inclusion of some key agreements of the Copenhagen Accord in the formal negotiation tracks to arrive at a legally-binding agreement to curb global warming at the Cancun meet in Mexico later this year.

During her meeting with Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, European Union Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard asked him to include the "substantial progress" achieved at Copenhagen into the formal negotiating tracks of the climate talks.

She said the Copenhagen Accord had achieved substantial progress and the agreements to limit the global temperature
rise to two degrees Celsius from the pre-industrial revolution era and to submit domestic mitigation actions to international measurement, should be included in the climate talks.

Declaring that the EU was ready to do its bit, Hedegaard also wanted the fast-track financing mechanism to form part of the negotiating process.

"At Copenhagen it was agreed to make available USD 30 billion over the next three years for developing nations.
Europe is ready to deliver its share of USD 10 billion," she told reporters here.

Hedegaard said efforts should be made to achieve specific deliverables at Cancun on forestry, REDD and REDD Plus, on
which there was broad consensus at Copenhagen.

Ramesh was unavailable for comment.

The EU Commissioner said she and Ramesh discussed ways to ensure that specific deliverables were achieved at Mexico
meet due on November 29-December 10.

Asked whether the EU would back the candidature of Environment Secretary Vijai Sharma to the post of Executive
Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Hedegaard said making appointment to the post was the
prerogative of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

She also dismissed the controversy over the mistakes in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change headed by P K Pachauri.

"The controversies do not change the fact that climate change is happening," Hedegaard said in reply to a question.