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12/04/2010

Advances Plenary Conference of the Parties COP16

Progress has been made in the conference on adaptation and mitigation measures

In an meeting on Saturday held by the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA), delegates from nearly 200 countries reviewed the progress of negotiations in the first week of the COP16/CMP6 climate conference in Cancun.

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary and president of the COP, congratulated negotiators for their work in advancing multilateral policies to confront global warming.

“We have made great progress during this first week,” she said at the plenary. “I am certain that if we continue working with the same determination and dedication and a spirit of commitment, and with a conviction that a collective solution is the only path for advancing in this enormous challenge, we will achieve important agreements.”

Zimbabwean delegate Margaret Mukahanana-Sagarwe, who formerly chaired the AWG-LCA, later presented the Conference Room Paper (CRP) to outline possible and achievable elements that could help negotiations advance toward binding agreements.

She said that talks on mitigation, adaptation and technology financing measures had advanced in past last week but that significant steps must be taken in the second half of the conference to make real progress in negotiations.

She added that delegates must come prepared on Monday, Dec. 6, to fine tune policy details in the final five days in Cancun.

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Ad-Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action, Ad Hoc Working Group, AWG-LCA, COP16, CMP6, climate change, climate conference, Patricia Espinosa, Zimbabwe, Margaret Mukahanana-Sagarwe, Conference Room Paper, mitigation, adaptation

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