Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal

COP25 talks in Madrid fell short with nations refusing to do more to keep climate change at bay

This 25th summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25) had five major objectives: restarting the global carbon market; finding money to deal with the loss and damage being caused by climate change now; making a roadmap for long-term finance from developed to developing countries; holding developed countries to account for climate actions they are supposed to have taken before the Paris Agreement comes into force; and to integrate gender, human rights and indigenous rights components into all climate actions.

The negotiations were scheduled to end on Friday but continued throughout Saturday and into Sunday morning.

"This has been the longest COP in the history of COPs".

COP25 drew to a close after much debate, but activists both at the conference and around the world had a lot to say about its results.

Over the past two weeks, delegates from nearly 200 countries focused on Article 6 of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which is about some technical details of the implementation of the deal in building the market mechanisms, especially the global carbon market. "The Mechanisms contribute to helping us to move forward", said Schmidt.

The breakdown occurred even after negotiators worked more than 40 hours past the official close of the talks to try to reach a resolution.

"But we must not give up, and I will not give up".

The policy officer with Carbon Market Watch, Gilles Dufrasne, said: "After two weeks of negotiations, discussions on carbon markets took such a bad turn that seeing no agreement was actually a relief". The conference ended with Article 6 still unresolved, kicking the can further down the road to COP26 in November in Glasgow, Scotland. CHINESE EFFORTSIn a statement issued after the closing plenary, the Chinese delegation said China played a positive and constructive role during the event.

"I believe that all of us feel regretful, and it can not match our efforts", said Zhao Yingmin, head of the Chinese delegation and vice minister of the Ecology and Environment, at the closing plenary on behalf of the so-called BASIC countries - China, Brazil, India and South Africa.


Geng also noted the efforts China has made as the biggest developing country. It was in this context that these countries repeatedly raised the issue of unfulfilled promises of developed countries in the pre-2020 period.

The process set out in that deal hinges on countries ratcheting up emissions cuts next year.

Green activists dumped horse manure and staged a bill in Madrid in front of a United Nations climate summit on Saturday expressing their disappointment at the failure of the world's leading politicians against global warming.

The conference has resulted in some conclusions, for example on capacity building, a gender programme, and technology, but no overall deal was reached due to disagreements on the larger issues of loss and damage caused by climate change and how to finance the need for adaptation.

A United Nations climate summit in Madrid stumbled towards the finish line Sunday after marathon talks between countries exposed deeper divides than ever over how to enact humanity's plan to avert global warming disaster.

That relatively good piece of news - just a proposal, mind you, not yet a plan - further highlighted the abysmal failure among the planet's other nations to achieve any kind of meaningful progress on addressing the advancing climate crisis. "The exit of USA from the Paris agreement adds to the ill health of the one global accord the world has to address a defining issue of our times".

Earlier, talks president Chile triggered outrage after drafting a version of the text that campaigners complained was so weak it betrayed the spirit of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

When Spain stepped up to offer to host the meet after Chile announced in late October that it could not, given internal political unrest, it held out hopes for global collaboration and partnership.

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