Frustration is growing amongst diplomats wrangling over their own lack of progress on a deal to combat climate change.
Crucially, these will be the final five days of official negotiations to prepare for the much-anticipated November 30-December 11 Paris conference tasked with sealing a long-sought universal climate deal.
At the beginning of September, on the final day of a crucial negotiating round in Bonn, Germany, delegates turned to the joint chairmen of the UN forum for help in editing the unwieldy blueprint into a more manageable format, Gulf Times reported.
The duo, Algeria’s Ahmed Djoghlaf and Daniel Reifsnyder of the United States, promised to have a streamlined version ready in time for the next round of Bonn talks from October 19-23. The pair also announced that a dedicated “drafting committee” will be created to start work as soon as negotiators reassemble.
There are fundamental disagreements on how to share carbon-emissions cuts between rich nations—which have polluted for longer—and emerging giants such as China and India powering their own fast-growing economies and populations.
Meanwhile, analysts cited by Gulf Times have warned that inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases mean emissions will be “far above” the level required to stave off disastrous global warming.