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11/29/2010

Press conference by leaders at the COP16/CMP6

Leaders at the COP16/CMP6 conference in Cancun, which began on Monday, said that they expect the 12-day meeting to reenergize efforts to reach an international treaty on global warming.

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, the conference president and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, said that delegates must launch “a new era of effective global action to combat climate change, a new stage in which the international community truly moves beyond deliberations and onto actions.”

Denmark’s climate minister Lykke Friis added that she expects the conference to prove that “climate change was not put on ice in freezing Copenhagen (in 2009), that it has succeeded in rebuilding trust… and it has managed to reach a level of expectations that can actually bring results.”

The former COP president said that this year delegates must advance positions outlined in the Copenhagen Accord, a document signed at the COP15 in Denmark last year to pledge multilateral funding for developing countries and reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions.

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, later said that the COP16/CMP6 conference can succeed if countries commit to compromise.

“Governments can reach a deal to launch action on adaptation, technology transfer and forests, and they can create a new fund for long-term climate finance,” she said. “Governments can clarify what to do about the Kyoto Protocol, and how to anchor the many national targets and actions that many countries have put forward, in particular, the targets of industrialized countries.”

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COP16, CMP6, COP16/CMP6, Cancun, climate conference, climate change, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Lyyke Friis, Denmark, COP15, Copenhagen, Copenhagen Accord, greenhouse gas emissions, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC

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