Ministers push climate change negotiations across the line | WGN Radio 720

SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT (AP) — Government ministers are back in Egypt to take over negotiations at this year’s UN climate conference to reach a credible deal that will help prevent disastrous levels of warming in the future. provides diplomats with the necessary political support for decades.

Talks at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh got off to a good start, with three days to go before the scheduled closing on Friday, and have lagged the pace of previous meetings. But a slight thaw in US-China relations at his G20 meeting in Bali boosted hopes that the world’s top two polluters could help reach a deal in Egypt.

US special envoy for climate John Kerry held a formal meeting with China’s Xie Zhenhua on Wednesday after China froze three months ago in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Confirmed to have restarted.

However, Kelly was cautious when asked what his goals were for the outcome of the meeting.

“We’ll have to wait and see, it’s a slow start,” he said.

The delegation restates the key goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) and the rules countries have set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions I’ve been arguing over whether

Meanwhile, officials in developing countries are calling on rich countries to deliver on promises of more financial aid to those struggling to combat global warming. One of its key aspects could be payments for ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change. Developed countries have long resisted, fearing financial responsibility for the carbon dioxide they have pumped into the atmosphere for decades.

But some rich countries are less willing to accept that some form of payment will be required.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Beerbock said on her departure for Egypt that “especially affected countries, which are not responsible for the CO2 emissions of industrialized countries such as Germany, should protect against loss and damage from climate change.” I certainly hope so,” he said.

She acknowledged that negotiators are on an “uphill road” toward a substantive deal.

Geopolitical tensions have been reflected in this year’s talks, with European Union representatives declining a speech by Russia’s special representative for climate change on Tuesday and a small group of Ukrainian and Polish activists holding a Russian side event. Temporarily interfered.


Follow AP’s climate and environment coverage at


The Associated Press’ climate and environmental coverage is supported by several private foundations. Learn more about AP’s climate initiatives here. AP is solely responsible for all content. Ministers push climate change negotiations across the line | WGN Radio 720

Related Articles

Back to top button