‘Good progress’ at climate talks, says UN

BANGKOK: A United Nations climate change meeting in Bangkok made good progress on drafting a ‘rule book’ for the implementation of the 2015 Paris accord before a summit in Poland this December, a top UN official said on Sunday, the last day of the talks. The Paris agreement, which was adopted by almost 200 nations and is due to come into force in 2020, set a sweeping goal of ending the fossil fuel era this century. “We made good progress, but we cannot sit back, we need to continue to speed up and deepen the conversation,” Patricia Espinosa, who leads the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which steers the talks, told a news conference in the Thai capital. The negotiated text lays down the groundwork for a summit in Katowice from December 2-14 at which governments will meet to agree rules on implementing the accord. The UNFCCC last week agreed to add an extra day to the December talks to allow more work to be done. “We need a streamlined draft that will assist us in Poland,” Philip S Weech, a delegate from the Group of 77 and China, told fellow negotiators earlier in the day.