Climate talks approach crunch point

“We have a golden opportunity to avert climate disaster. It must not be wasted”
Jeremy Hobbs
Executive Director of Oxfam International
Published: 14 December 2009

As the UN climate talks enter their final week and the world’s Development Ministers gather to discuss the human cost of climate change, Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Oxfam International said:

“The negotiations are stuck - rich countries won’t budge on climate cash or emissions targets and the big players don’t want to talk about the kind of deal that will come out the end of the week.  We desperately need world leaders to get a grip on these issues now.

“All countries will need to give a little if we are going to get a deal in time. The big question is whether those with the furthest to go – the rich countries - are ready to play catch up.

“We know what is needed: sharp emissions cuts, $200bn a year in new money to help poor countries tackle climate change and guarantees of action. We will have over 100 of the world’s most powerful people in one place. We have a golden opportunity to avert climate disaster. It must not be wasted.”

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Notes to Editors

  • A one page summary of where all the key players are going into the second week of talks is available;
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