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2020 a make-or-break year after failure of Madrid climate talks

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the crisis. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the crisis. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

The United Nations climate meeting, called COP25, that ended in Madrid on Sunday will go down in history as one of the least successful climate gatherings, hobbled by major polluters stalling progress.

The two-week marathon involving nearly 200 nations went deep into overtime. Yet it ended with little to show for it: A weak call for stronger climate action, failure to agree on rules for a global carbon market and a lack of key decisions to finalise a loss and damage compensation scheme for vulnerable nations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2019, with the headline '2020 a make-or-break year after failure of Madrid climate talks'. Subscribe