Negotiators deadlocked at Paris Climate Accord negotiations in Poland


Posted at Dec 15 2018 01:04 AM | Updated as of Dec 16 2018 07:06 PM

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Efforts to agree the fine print of the Paris Climate Accord nears conclusion 3 years after the landmark agreement on curbing global warming was sealed.

But negotiators remain deadlocked on a number of thorny issues and appeared set for overtime. Ministers gathered in Poland for the UN Climate talks for working around the clock.

But some observers predict the talks will likely continue into Saturday in an effort to ensure to secure a deal this year and maintain confidence in the multilateral process.

Along with the Paris Accord Rulebook, the other main issues at the talk are how much financial support poor countries will get to combat and adapt to climate change, and what kind of message to send about future work to curb climate change.

Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, executive director of Bulig Pilipinas, said their group was among protesters in Katowice, Poland because the outcome of the negotiation does not reflect requirements "for the survival of countries especially from the global south, including the Philippines."

"They have debated in the first how many days whether or not to welcome or note the IPCC report on the 1.5 degrees global temperature rise. There’s no need to debateon the report. Any guidelines to reduce greenhouse emissions in accordance with Paris Agreement, the IPCC report should be read into it," Pedrosa told ANC's Business Nightly.

"Another source of disappointment is on global finance. The countries of the north led by the US are recalcitrant in replenishing the Green Climate Fund.

"There’s this fund setup at $100 billion for adaptation programs and projects for countries like the Philippines. But we haven’t even reached the $100 billion mark and they’re already refusing to replenish and fulfill their pledges."

- Business Nightly, ANC, December 14, 2018