November 23, 2010

UN Hopes For Better Results At Cancun Climate Summit

United Nations leaders will insist on solid results from the upcoming Cancun climate summit as global warming accelerates, an event organizer with the UN said Monday.

The next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming will be much worse than the last one, Robert Orr, UN secretary general for planning, told AFP.

He said that negotiators attending the Cancun summit "need to remind themselves, the longer we delay, the more we will pay both in terms of lives and in terms of money."

Orr said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will make it clear to world leaders at the conference "that we should not take any comfort in the climate deniers' siren call."

Evidence shows that we cannot rest on this as scientists agree that climate change "is happening in an accelerated way," Orr remarked. "As preparations are underway for the next IPCC report, just about everything that you will see in the next report will be more dramatic than the last report, because that is where all the data is pointing," he added.

Delegates from 194 countries are expected to be in attendance in Cancun, Mexico for the 12 day event from November 29 to December 10. The UN will attempt to get world leaders to strike a deal to cut greenhouse gases after 2012.

In the fourth IPCC report, released in 2007, said the global warming is "unequivocal" and mainly caused by human activity. In the next report, due out 2014, experts warn will be much worse than the last one. More than 800 qualified experts have been drafted to work on the IPCC's fifth assessment.

With many countries fearing a repeat of last year's upsetting Copenhagen summit collapse, Orr said that progress is possible in Cancun.

If governments "understand the peril that their populations are in, it is much easier to get over the political hurdles to do what you have to do," he told AFP.

The UN wants advances in verifying deforestation and financing to fight the loss of tropical forests. Also, efforts to speed up technology transfer to combat global warming and financing projects to slow the phenomenon are needed, Orr said.

World leaders at the Copenhagen summit were able to come to an agreement on $30 billion in emergency funding over three years, and a UN panel released a report on how to raise 100 billion dollars a year from 2020.

Orr said a "final deal" in Cancun is unlikely. But, "the time has come for some decisions on issues and therefore we do want some concrete results," he added.


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