COP16: Japan and the US stalling climate talks

Los pasillos de la sede de la COP16/CMP6 tienen actividad constante de los delegados las 24 horas del día. / The corridors of the COP16/ CMP6 headquarters have constant activity of the delegates 24 hours a day.

Japan is putting the COP16 talks at risk with its inflexible position on the Kyoto Protocol’s future and the US is unacceptably hindering progress, according to NGOs in Cancún.

Japanese Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto told delgates that any new global treaty for reducing greenhouse gas emissions must be anchored on last year's Copenhagen Accord, not the 1997 Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012. Japan will not agree to a second commitment period, he says, although it will maintain the spirit of the treaty..

“Japan is really stalling progress,” says David Turnbull, executive director of Climate Action Network International. While not all items must be agreed upon in Cancún, some progress should be made for future negotiations in Durban at COP17, says Log in to read complete article.

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