11 Dec 2008

Pacific push to accelerate climate treaty talks

1:47 pm on 11 December 2008

Pacific representatives at the climate change conference in Poland will tomorrow formally call for faster progress over a new treaty on global warming.

The two-week long conference is nearing its end and UN officials have indicated that a treaty is still a year away.

"The large Pacific contingent in Poznan, under the aegis of the Association of Small Island States, will make its statement to the main plenary tomorrow ."

It wants a commitment that global warming not be allowed to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.

Cherelle Jackson, one of the media team working with the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, says the region's key desire is that the developed nations speed up negotiations on the treaty.

Right now the AOSIS [Association of Small Islands States] is talking of a better inclusion in the adaptation fund, probably more recognition of adaptation and mitigation measures within the island states, but mainly it is for developed countries to speed up on negotiations.

Cherelle Jackson