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Deadlock on climate change continues

world Updated: Oct 13, 2009 23:37 IST
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The stalemate over carbon emission cuts continues with the developed countries failing to deliver on issues like setting concrete targets for reduction even after the latest round of negotiations in Bangkok, according to a UN Climate Change team.

"Little progress was made on the core political issues such as mid-term emission reduction targets for industrialised countries," Janos Pasztor, head of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's climate change support team, told journalists here.

The IPCC recommends that emission cuts by developed nations need to fall between 25 per cent to 40 per cent. While a few countries like Norway and Japan have announced ambitious cuts, the overall mark is still below 20 per cent.

Pasztor also noted that developed countries failed to make concrete proposals for funding poorer nations tackle climate change.

"Clarity is still lacking on the issue of finance that developing countries need in order to undertake additional actions to limit their emission growth and adaptation to the inevitable effects of climate change," he said.

The UN official, however, observed that some headway had been made on certain elements of the climate deal that include -- adaptation, technology, capacity building and reducing emissions from deforestation.

"Developing countries clearly demonstrated their moving forward in a spirit of pragmatic cooperation," he said.