The negotiation process may only just be getting started, but this week is crucial for the UN climate talks: it is the only negotiation period scheduled before the delivery of the national plans at the end of May. The priority for the two co-presidents, the American Daniel Reifsnyder and the Algerian Ahmed Djoghlaf, is to transform the 39 page text from Lima into a more fluid, coherent and concise document that will inspire an international agreement in Paris.
“Without sounding too grandiose, the survival of the planet itself is at stake,” Laurent Fabius told reporters in Geneva. He described the mood at the talks as “extremely positive” but said the goal was ambitious and the task would not be easy.
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