Smooth start to COP 16, says Figueres

Christiana Figueres held a press conference to summarize the first days of the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun (COP 16), which will take place through December 10. She stated that governments have arrived with a business mindset, and the two major working groups, COP16 and the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) working group, have moved into contact group stages.

(December 2, 2010) — Christiana Figueres held a press conference to summarize the first days of the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun (COP 16), which will take place through December 10. She stated that governments have arrived with a business mindset, and the two major working groups, COP16 and the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) working group, have moved into contact group stages.

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Contact groups will address action, vision, adaptation, mitigation, finance, technlogy and technology transfer, and capacity building.

“Nobody can afford inaction, and countries are willing to engage” at Cancun, Figueres said. She pointed out that India and China see progress toward a common understanding of monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). Also, the US is moving toward agreement with China over several issues.

See reports of Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s opening remarks here.

Learn more about COP 16 at http://unfccc.int/2860.php

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