Q+A-What is the outlook for U.N. climate talks?

Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:02am GMT

This is the sixth in a series on major climate change themes

By Alister Doyle

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Low expectations mar sentiment for a new U.N. climate deal ahead of talks among 194 nations in Cancun, Mexico, from late November to mid-December, repeating the mood held before talks in Copenhagen a year ago.


Environment ministers will try to agree on some of the building blocks of a U.N. deal to combat global warming. But almost all have given up hopes of a new treaty any time soon. The ultimate aim of the talks is to find a successor to the existing Kyoto Protocol, which limits emissions of rich nations until 2012.


Cancun will be successful if it agrees on measures to help poor nations adapt to the impact of climate change, a "Green Fund" to manage climate aid, a mechanism to share clean technologies and new ways to protect carbon-absorbing forests. [ID:nTOE6A905H]

The talks will also try to define an elusive "long-term shared vision" to guide the fight against global warming until 2050. The United Nations also wants developed nations to firm up their promised cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

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