Negotiations continue in Copenhagen

2009-12-16 08:25 BJT

Special Report: UN climate change conference in Copenhagen |


The UN says progress is being made at the Copenhagen Climate Conference, despite divisions, as crucial meetings enter their final days.

The remarks come as ministers strive to break a critical deadlock just three days before world leaders are scheduled to agree on a new global pact.

Environment ministers are working deep into the night in an attempt to resolve their differences. The bulk of the work must be completed before roughly 130 world leaders formally join the proceedings on Thursday.

Negotiations stalled on Monday, over the level of emissions cuts for industrialized countries, and long-term international targets to curb an increase in global temperatures, which could trigger rising sea levels, frequent floods, and prolonged droughts.

The conference president says progress is being made.

Connie Hedegaard, Conference President, said, "So far we progressed all right during the first days, the first 10 days but it's very clear ministers have to be extremely busy and focused over the next 48 hours if we are to make the success we are trying to make."

COP15 president Connie Hedegaard attends a news conference during the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 15, 2009.REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
COP15 president Connie Hedegaard attends a news conference during
the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 15,
2009.REUTERS/Ints Kalnins