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Climate deal virtually written off this year

world Updated: Jun 10, 2010 02:12 IST

Delegates from many of the 194 countries, gathered in Bonn to prepare for the next climate summit in Mexico this November, on Wednesday virtually wrote off the chances of a legally binding treaty to combat global warming this year.

However, they emphasised that their “frustratingly slow but important” talks were going well and were “rebuilding trust” between nations after last year's fiasco in Copenhagen.

“Governments will meet this challenge because humanity has no other option,” incoming executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres said.

“There is no possibility of sustainable development for developing or industrialised countries without timely, ambitious and global response to climate change.”

That feeling was echoed by the leader of the Indian delegation, additional secretary in the environment ministry J.M. Mauskar.

Mauskar said at a panel discussion: “I am positive because after two years we heard (here) parties talking to each other and not at each other. That’s a positive development which will restore trust and confidence” in the process of negotiating a global treaty to combat climate change.”