The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Global climate talks 'make concrete progress': UN


BANGKOK (AFP) - The United Nations on Wednesday hailed "concrete progress" at week-long climate talks in Bangkok, but environmental campaigners warned much faster action was needed to combat global warming.

The informal negotiations aimed to prepare for a Nov 26-Dec 7 ministerial meeting under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha - a stepping stone towards a worldwide emissions pact. The UNFCCC said in a statement that the talks had made "concrete progress on key issues".

"We have a fertile ground for a successful Doha," UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres told reporters.

"There are still some tough political decisions ahead, but we now have a positive momentum and a greater sense of convergence that will stimulate higher-level political discussions ahead of Doha and set a faster pace of work once this year's conference begins," she added in the statement.