Minister hopeful about COP17

2011-12-09 14:19

COP17 president and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is hopeful progress will be made during the last hours of the climate talks scheduled to end today.

“We have a limited time within which to conclude the negotiations. We are hopeful that we can make further progress within this limited time,” she told reporters this afternoon.

Parties were working hard to ensure that agreement was reached on issues put on the table, she said.

“We are considering the issue of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and future process, as well as the long-term finance of the green climate fund,” she said.

It is envisaged the fund will help developing countries to adapt to climate change.

“Parties are expressing hope that the fund will be launched here in Durban,” Nkoane-Mashabane said.

Negotiators were aware that the world was waiting in anticipation for the outcomes of the climate summit.

“With the very limited time at our disposal, work continued through Thursday night and will continue throughout the course of today to ensure we achieve the possible outcome,” she said.

The association of small island states, the least developed countries, the European Union, and the Africa Group were moving towards common ground.

“Other parties are also coming on board,” Nkoane-Mashabane said.
 

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