The EU threatens the climate summit if a limit increase of 1.5 degrees is not signed
The European Union (EU) threatened this Saturday with break with climate summit of the United Nations (COP27) and leave the meeting if the commitments not to exceed the limit of 1.5 Cº of global warming, something that “looks like it’s moving away”. This was stated by the executive vice president of the European Commission (EC), Frans Timmermans, in an impromptu meeting with the media, to which he appeared accompanied by various ministers and senior European officials, including the third vice president of the Spanish government, Teresa Ribera, who endorsed the ad.
“We will be clear. The EU partners are here to bring a good result. We would rather not have a decision than have a bad decision,” said Timmermans, visibly upset. In a clear message of pressure, the community head of the Green Pact added: “The EU wants a positive result, but we do not want a result at any price. We will not accept results that take us back, we need to move forward and not go back. And all the ministers and myself are ready to go.”
Timmermans reasoned that he still believes that getting a positive result today “is still within our reach” but that the EU “is concerned” after in the “last twelve hours of negotiations” there have been indications that it is going backwards. “in ambitions” for the decisive aspect of mitigation and reduction of polluting gas emissions. “Without that we won’t be able to focus on the fund for those most in need (loss and damage) and the money for this coming from a broad donor base. The EU is there to help get very good results, but we are also very clear we would rather have a good decision than a bad decision“, he insisted.
Timmermans thus referred to the central theme of these negotiations, the demands of developing countries that a commitment be established at this COP27 to create an independent fund to finance the compensation owed to them for the damages they suffer due to climate change. , which they hardly contributed to cause.
Yesterday, Friday, the EU announced that would accept the creation of a fundsomething to which he was previously reluctant, but he conditioned his support for this to be directed to the “most vulnerable” countries and that the financing of it fell “on a broad base” of donors.
That reference would point, although Timmermans did not mention any country, to which countries like China, Saudi Arabia or Qatar, with great human and economic development, and whose polluting emissions are already among the highest in the world, but which are not donors to the United Nations climate funds, should commit to contributing.
“The offer was very clear. We said we could accept the loss and damage fund, which should target the most vulnerable countries. We want to help the people who need it most, and fast. And the fund should be based on an analysis of the world today,” he said. Timmermans defended the European position as an option to “build bridges” between the different positions, but regretted that this opening did not lead to “negotiations”.
“Frankly, we’ve made more moves than the other party in the discussion, if you step forward you should expect your partners and the other party to start making steps forward and we haven’t seen much so far. I hope that changes today and if that changes today, a good conclusion will still be within reach,” he asserted. Timmermans pointed to the presidency of COP27, in the hands of Egypt, to assume this situation and work “for justice to be done” in negotiations.
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