UN conference recognises climate accord in last-ditch deal

2009-12-19 12:39


The United Nations’ climate change conference narrowly escaped

collapse by agreeing today to recognise a political accord brokered by the US

president, Barack Obama, China and other emerging powers.

The decision was made after an all-night plenary session in which a

small group of nations blocked the Copenhagen Accord because it lacks specific

targets for reducing carbon emissions.

After a break during the plenary session president of the

conference and the Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, gaveled the

decision to “take note” of the agreement instead of formally approving it.

Experts say the decision clears the way for the accord to become

operational in practice even though it has not been formally approved by the


“The linkage is strong enough for it to become operational,” says

John Hay, a spokesperson for the UN climate change convention.

Several developing nations, including Bolivia, Cuba, Sudan and

Venezuela, bitterly protested the 11th-hour deal and said it was unacceptable

because it lacked specific targets for reducing carbon emissions.

Decisions are made by consensus in the United Nations climate


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