12 heads of state to attend COP 17 talks

2011-12-03 10:31

Durban - Twelve heads of government and state have said they will participate in UN climate talks in Durban, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said on Friday.

About 130 ministers will also descend on the coastal city for negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), she said.

African leaders from the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Republic of Congo and Senegal are set to attend the 12-day talks which wrap up on December 9, Figueres said.

Nauru, Honduras, Samoa, Monaco, Fiji, Niue and Norway will also be represented by their heads of state.

Ministers are set to arrive on Monday and Tuesday in time to attend the high-level session starting on Tuesday afternoon. All but three countries in the 194-nation body have sent representatives.

A preliminary draft of what could be a "Durban Accord" will circulate over the weekend so negotiators can continue the hunt for an elusive middle ground in the troubled talks.

The key issues on the table are the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the only international treaty limiting greenhouse gases, and whether nations should lay down an objective of crafting a comprehensive climate deal before the end of the decade.

Activating a "green climate fund" that would, by 2020, disburse $100bn a year to poorer countries is also under discussion.

- What do you think are the main issues? Send us your thoughts.

  • Ernst - 2011-12-03 19:48

    I just want to urge people that read this message to watch the following presentation. It is absolutely shocking: See: The presentation is done by a University Professor (The investigation is is in no way alarmist and totally objective). In it he exposes the shocking (disturbing) lies told by a prominent Global Warming Denialist by the name of Lord Christopher Monckton. These lies were designed to misinform people about the threat. It is shocking, please watch it.

      Hugh - 2011-12-04 08:08

      Let us be frank here. As a COP17 attendee I have one conclusion. This is one giant scam that is designed to protect the money stream and sustain income. I support climate change 100% however this in turn creates a giant pozi scheme where new so call alternatives are offered that in effect may or may not be of global benefit but do increase the number of consumers. With the increase of consumers comes the carbon component. At some time the peak of the pyrimid has to reached. No one is discussing that part of the problem. They refuse to consider the obvious possibilities. That said water is the only component / glue that is needed to drive this whole concept. From the tiniest scew to the the oil for lubrication water is the one component that is universal. Less that two hours has been dedicated to water. Even our SA delgation leader refuses to acknolwedge water. Why because it brings in no taxes and profit. Beware you are being sucked into a hole that will be hard to climb out.

      Ernst - 2011-12-04 10:59

      What is the solution then? Continue pumping billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere? The world economy, in it's current state, is a Ponzi scheme. We think we are creating wealth, but, at the same time, we are degrading the environment in the process. You cannot create wealth by degrading something else.

  • Gordon - 2011-12-04 11:43

    Hhhhhmmmm, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Senegal - the real "big hitters" in the World. What a waste of time and money!!!!These "countries" are irrelevent in the World so what is the point of their attendance?? All they are doing is taking a free holiday sampling what they are unable to experience back in their own part of the world!!!

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