No tangible decisions yet at COP19 talks

November 23, 2013 12:10 AM

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No tangible decisions yet at COP19 talks

Friday 22 November 2013 09:00

Earthlife Africa says the climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland have one day left to reach any consensus on how greenhouse gas pollution can best be reduced and how funds can be channelled to assist the developing countries with their adaptation requirements.

Although high level negotiations have been underway for nearly two weeks, so far no tangible decisions have resulted.

The stalemate of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change led civil society groups to walk out of the conference in a public display of frustration.

They accuse governments of refusing to act despite an overwhelming amount of evidence that climate change is already causing severe stress for communities mostly within the developing world.

The civil society groups, who walked out of the conference, included Green Peace International, World Wide Fund International, Gender CC, Friends of the Earth and Action Aid.

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Energy Policy Officer, Dominique Doyle who joined in the walkout says it was essential for civil society to remove itself from this year’s COP because of the corporate streak that ran through the procedure.

Source: sabc.co.za

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