EU on global climate negotiations: “Progress has been painfully slow”

EU on global climate negotiations:
To achieve the below 2 degrees objective, every country has a part to play, no matter how small.

European Union Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has called upon all countries to buckle up for the upcoming global climate negotiations and to speed up work as ‘progress has been painfully slow’ until now.

Acknowledging that there has been progress as far as submissions of emission reduction pledges are concerned, the Commissioner highlighted that only 56 countries representing 61% of current global emissions have submitted their contributions.

Though some of the major economies including China, the United States and the European Union have submitted their pledges, there are countries like India, Brazil, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey that are yet to submit their intended contributions. Countries that haven’t submitted their pledges represent nearly three fourths of countries.

With just over 100 days to go before the historical Paris conference, the window of opportunity to meet our target of keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees is closing fast, notes Cañete. The Commissioner also highlighted the the warning put forward by United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres that the contributions that countries have put on the table may not take us to the two degrees.

Citing the pace at which the technical negotiations are progressing, the EU said that the technical talks are seriously lagging behind the political discussion. The EU called upon the countries to speed up the technical negotiations and asked the remaining countries to put forward their contributions at the earliest. The EU also called upon the countries to define the key elements for success in Paris.

Cañete revealed that an international forum will be hosted on 12 and 13 October in Rabat with a goal to get countries to exchange views on the aggregate efforts of the contributions before Paris and discuss what can be done to remain on track to the 2 degrees objective over time.

The Commissioner also said that Paris needs to send out a credible signal to the world that nations across the globe are serious about fighting climate change.

Setting the bar for calling Paris a success, the EU said that mitigation ambition; dynamic review to strengthen ambition over time; long-term goal; and transparency and accountability rules will be the key points based on which the climate deal could be called a success.