April 26, 2010

Developing Nations Demand Climate Accord

Four developing countries met Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss the urgency for a global agreement on climate change to be put legally into action by 2011.

Environmental ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China want the process of finalizing a global agreement sped up. They are asking for rich nations to cut carbon emissions to help reduce global warming.

In a joint statement by the four nations, they said "a legally binding outcome should be concluded at Cancun, Mexico in 2010, or at the latest in South Africa by 2011," referring to the United Nations climate talks.

"Developing countries strongly support international legally binding agreements, as the lack of such agreements hurts developing countries more than developed countries," the statement said.

The ministers also asked for developed countries to speed up the release of a 10-billion-dollar fund to help poorer countries "to develop, test and demonstrate practical implementation approaches to both adaptation and mitigation."

Lobby group Greenpeace urged the ministers to take on climate leadership in the run towards the next UN Climate summit in Cancun, Mexico at the end of the year. They are asking for them to break the deadlock in climate negotiations.

"Greenpeace urges the governments gathered in Cape Town to take the opportunity to make a clear and unanimous call for a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal to avert catastrophic climate change," said Greenpeace Africa political advisor Themba Linden in a statement.