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Copenhagen climate summit still away from witnessing a consensus

Copenhagen, Dec. 19 : The Copenhagen climate summit, which witnessed dramatic turn of events at the 11th hour in a bid by countries to reach some form of consensus on Friday, still seems to be far away from wooing all participating 193 nations to form consensus here over climate change.

Delegates at the climate summit are still battling to prevent the talks ending without reaching a final deal.

Though the African Union and small islands have agreed to support the US-BASIC climate proposal in the latest turn of events, the G-77 group led by Sudan has reportedly refused to support it.

It is learnt that Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Norway have come forward in support of the U. S.-BASIC climate proposal.

No final deal on climate change reached in Copenhagen: Ramesh

No final deal on climate change reached in Copenhagen: RameshCopenhagen, Dec. 19 : Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has said that no final deal on climate change has been reached by all 193 members here.

"The deal has not been done, but the draft has been negotiated. It will now go to plenary. Only then it could be approved by others," said Ramesh.

"The U. S. President had an hour long meet with BASIC group. It was a productive meet. We had heart-to-heart chat and looked into each other's draft and proposals," he added further.

India, China review ties, climate change positions at bilateral meet

India, China review ties, climate change positions at bilateral meetCopenhagen (Denmark), Dec. 19 : Talks between the Prime Ministers of India and China - Dr. Manmohan Singh and Wen Jiabao - on Friday at the Radisson Blu Hotel here focused on the joint stand taken by the two countries on climate change-linked issues and how to take strategic bilateral relations forward to realize the goal of making the 21st century the Asian century.

Climate summit adjourns without agreement

Climate summit adjourns without agreementCopenhagen, Dec 19 - The UN climate ummit was forced to adjourn without consensus Saturday, as four countries help up the adoption of the Copenhagen accord proposed by five countries including India.

Despite support from most countries around the world, there was no consensus on adopting the accord, due to objections from Venezuela, Bolivia, Sudan and Tuvalu.

Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen was forced to adjourn the final plenary session for the third time.

Climate summit stuck as accord comes under fire

Climate summit stuck as accord comes under fireCopenhagen, Dec 19 - The Copenhagen climate summit was stuck on its scheduled final night as a host of countries attacked the accord that India had prepared with four other nations.

In the early hours of Saturday, Tuvalu, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba and Nicaragua led the attack on the accord, calling it undemocratic because it had been prepared by India in consultation with the US, China, Brazil and South Africa.

India prepares Copenhagen accord with four other countries

India prepares Copenhagen accord with four other countriesCopenhagen, Dec 19 - India and other emerging economies prepared a Copenhagen accord late Friday night in association with the US, to be presented to an overnight plenary session of the UN climate summit. The accord came under attack from the Group of 77 almost at once, though it was unclear if it would carry its opposition into the plenary session.

PM leaves for home after preparing Copenhagen accord

PM leaves for home after preparing Copenhagen accordCopenhagen, Dec 19 - After extending his stay to prepare a Copenhagen accord in consort with the US, China, Brazil and South Africa, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for home in the early hours of Saturday.

An Indian official said the prime minister had stayed back till the accord was drafted, and had briefed the rest of the Indian delegation in detail before leaving Copenhagen. (IANS)

World players 'close to a deal' on climate change

World players 'close to a deal' on climate changeCopenhagen/Washington, Dec 19 - Global players are "close to a deal" on slowing climate change, sources in Copenhagen said.

Sources familiar with the negotiations said the US, China, India, the European Union (EU) and other major polluters were still negotiating on how much "fast-start" money rich countries should give to help poorer nations deal with global warming.

Those negotiations followed reports out of Washington saying US President Barack Obama had reached an agreement with China.

Copenhagen accord finalised

Copenhagen accord finalisedCopenhagen, Dec 19 - Leaders of major economies finalised a Copenhagen accord to tackle climate change late Friday night.

The accord, which is not legally binding, was to be submitted to representatives of all 192 countries gathered here for the UN climate summit after the draft was finalised by major countries including India, the US and China and the European Union. (ISND)

PM extends stay for elusive Copenhagen accord

PM extends stay for elusive Copenhagen accordCopenhagen, Dec 19 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh extended his stay here another night Friday as consensus on a Copenhagen accord continued to elude representatives of 192 countries gathered here for the climate summit.

An Indian official told IANS that the prime minister had taken part in the talks between heads of state over dinner in an effort to stitch together a Copenhagen accord that would indicate the resolve of world leaders to fight climate change.

Obama set to leave climate conference

Obama set to leave climate conferenceCopenhagen, Dec 19 - US President Barack Obama was set to leave a climate change conference in Copenhagen imminently, diplomats said Friday.

The departure of the US president would signal the likely collapse of United Nations talks aimed at slowing global warming.

Obama had spent the afternoon in intensive talks with top leaders, including Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and European heavyweights.

The White House had announced a "media availability" prior to Obama's departure. (dpa)

Chinese premier meets Obama for climate talks

Chinese premier meets Obama for climate talksCopenhagen, Dec 19 - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told US President Barack Obama that the key to climate change issue is to stick to the principle of \"common but differentiated responsibilities\".

Climate change is a global challenge and an important field for cooperation between China and the US, Xinhua quoted Wen as saying during his meeting with Obama Friday.

Success of climate negotiations vital for India, says Manmohan Singh

Success of climate negotiations vital for India, says Manmohan SinghCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said for a developing country like India the success of negotiations related to climate change was of high significance, as it was one of those countries of the world that might be intensely affected by the climate change.

China-U.S. joint statement on South Asia didn''t target India, says Nirupama Rao

China-U.S. joint statement on South Asia didn''t target India, says Nirupama RaoCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : China respects India on the basis of equality and the China-US joint statement on South Asia did not target India, said Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao after a meeting of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Copenhagen summit here on Friday.

PM favours keeping the flame alive irrespective of climate summit’s outcome

PM favours keeping the flame alive irrespective of climate summit’s outcomeCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : Despite expressing skepticism over the possibility of actual success of the Copenhagen climate summit, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said it could still be evolved into an important milestone.

PM stuck in Copenhagen as accord stalls again

manmohan-singhCopenhagen, Dec 18 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was called back to the climate summit venue after he had reached the airport to board his flight back home, Indian officials said here Friday.

As the drafting of the Copenhagen Accord stalled yet again due to differences between rich and poor countries, Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen made a special plea to Manmohan to return to the conference, according to an official.

As the bickering over the draft continued, many other world leaders were stuck, including US President Barack Obama.(IANS)

Obama says, U.S. is ready to meet its responsibility as largest economy

barack-obamaCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : United States President Barack Obama on Friday said that his country was prepared to meet the responsibility of the largest economy and appealed to all members at the summit to act together and be accountable.

Obama gave a general call to live up to mutual obligation for the climate.

During his 5-minutes speech at the Heads of State meet over climate change in the Danish capital, Barack Obama said: “We are convinced the energy must be used efficiently. We all would be safer, if we act together and be accountable.”

“We must live upto mutual obligations,” he added.

Developed nations should deliver on Kyoto Protocol, says Manmohan Singh

Manmohan-SinghCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that there is need for the developed nations to deliver on Kyoto Protocol and that there should be no dilution in the principle of equitable responsibility to share burden for climate change.

Addressing the Heads of State meet at the Copenhagen, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed that the nations should not try to replace the Kyoto Protocol with any new set of commitments and should continue negations in future as per Bali mandate.

Climate Summit: India doing everything in consultation with BASIC group

jairam-rameshCopenhagen, Dec 18 : Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh reiterated that India doing everything in consultation with the BASIC group and there is not a question of India moving or India accepting.

Interacting with the Indian journalists on the sidelines of the UN summit on Climate Change here Ramesh said: "We have been talking with Brazil and South Africa, China not a question of India moving or India accepting, we are doing everything in consultation with the basic group.”

UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol must be strengthened, says Wen

Wen JiabaoCopenhagen, Dec 18 : Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol reflected a broad consensus among all parties and, therefore, it must be further strengthened.

Speaking at the opening session of the final segment of the Copenhagen climate summit here, Wen said the campaign against climate change hasn't just started and the international community has been engaged in this endeavour for decades now, Xinhua reported.




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