UN climate talks in Durban have ended the same way they began, in failure. Governments at the UN climate talks have chosen to listen to the polluters over the people and failed to reinforce previous climate saving measures and have steered clear of new global rules for tackling climate change.
After two weeks of sparring and a day-long extension, governments once again failed today to provide the inspiration and ambition to tackle climate change and provide hope for hundreds of millions around the world who suffer and will continue to suffer from climate-related impacts. Governments reached a weak agreement that established a Green Climate Fund with little money, postponed major decisions on the content of the Kyoto Protocol, and made an unclear commitment to a global agreement from 2020 that could leave us legally bound to 4 degrees of global warming.
The most important thing that happened in Durban is that we saved the Kyoto Protocol and secured a roadmap to negotiate a new treaty by 2015. But the agreement lacks specific measures to further reduce greenhouse gases. The Durban deal will also not make a contribution to closing the gap between the reductions needed to stay below a 2°C temperature rise and what countries have pledged.
Climate Action Network Europe [fonte]
Ordinary people have once again been let down by our governments. Led by the US, developed nations have reneged on their promises, weakened the rules on climate action and strengthened those that allow their corporations to profit from the climate crisis.
Friends of the Earth International [fonte]
The Secretary-General welcomes the package of decisions known as the Durban Platform that was reached by the 194 parties to the Climate Change Convention in Durban today that will guide global efforts to address the causes and impacts of climate change. The Durban Platform represents a significant and forward agreement that defines how the international community will address climate change in the coming years.
Ban Ki-moon, secretário-geral da ONU [fonte]
Foi um passo em frente, um passo de que muitos duvidavam, um passo num caminho que será com certeza um caminho de intensas negociações até se chegar ao instrumento de 2015, mas eu diria que nós hoje estamos muito mais optimistas e muito mais bem posicionados para conseguirmos os nossos objectivos de mantermos a subida de temperatura abaixo dos dois graus.
Assunção Cristas, ministra do Ambiente [fonte]
Durban: acuerdos llenos de las "promesas" de los países ricos y completamente vacíos de compromisos.
En Durban países vulnerables vendieron el futuro del planeta por 100 mil millones de dolares.
Claudia Salerno, delegação da Venezuela [fonte]
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BBC News: Climate talks end with late deal
New York Times: U.N. Climate Talks End With Deal for New Emissions Treaty
Responding to Climate Change (RTCC): COP17: Late deal saves UN climate talks
Nature News Blog: Climate negotiators huddle for a dramatic deal in Durban