11 Dec 2009

Tuvalu maintains push for binding climate deal

2:52 pm on 11 December 2009

Tuvalu says it's still pushing for its proposal for a legally binding climate change agreement to be openly debated at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen.

The proposal calls for stronger emission cuts, global temperature rises to be limited to one-and-a-half degrees, and carbon dioxide concentrations to be limited to 350 parts per million.

Negotiations stalled yesterday after more industrialised developing nations opposed Tuvalu's move to have the proposal openly debated.

But Tuvalu's chief negotiator, Ian Fry, says it had to seize the opportunity to push for a legally binding agreement, as the conference had appeared to be settling for producing a framework for future agreement

"We'd just have a number of decisions that we would agree upon here, we'd implement some work on an interim basis some new finance, looking at the impacts of climate change on vulnerable countries, rather than having a new legally binding agreement that would set these processes in concrete and guarantee ongoing funding, ongoing institutional arrangements."

Ian Fry says the Copenhagen conference needs to be more ambitious about what it can achieve.