Bangkok climate talks see uneven progress

Says UN executive secy at its concluding ceremony

Staff Correspondent

11 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, has said the Bangkok Climate Change Talks has got uneven progress.

“In Bangkok, there has been uneven progress on the elements of the climate change regime that countries are working towards.”

Espinosa, a Mexican, said this at the concluding day of the climate chance talks on Monday held in Bangkok, says a press release.

It has been discussed on the guidelines that will tell the world how to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The implementation guidelines have been under negotiation since 2016 and set to adopt at the annual climate change conference, COP24, to be held in Katowice, Poland in December.

The Paris Agreement’s provisions that countries are working towards operationalising include increased action to deal with the impacts of climate change and increased and transparent support for developing country action in the form of finance, technology cooperation and capacity-building.

“In preparation for COP24, it will be critical to achieve balance across all issues. This is important because all parts of the regime need to function together in an inter-connected manner,” Espinosa underlined. 

Countries have been grappling with how to reflect the contributions and responsibilities of developed and developing countries given their different national circumstances.

“The Paris Agreement strikes a delicate balance to bring all countries together. We must recognise that countries have different realities at home. They have different levels of economic and social development that lead to different national situations,” she said.

“This needs to be reflected in the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement. This calls for a political solution, but time is running short. Leaders need to engage and help solve these issues well in advance of COP24,” she urged.

This year, the world has witnessed flood-related deaths, livelihoods wiped out by droughts and expensive infrastructure lost across large stretches of the developed and the developing world.