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Climate Change Troika

Try saying that five times fast! No, but seriously, this sounds promising…

The governments of Denmark, Mexico and South Africa have decided to establish a Troika to facilitate close cooperation by the three governments on the ongoing climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Denmark, Mexico and South Africa are hosting COP15, COP16 and COP17, respectively.

A statement by the Department of Environmental Affairs explained  that this cooperation is aimed at strengthening the ongoing climate negotiations by providing leadership and guidance in the negotiation process, “In light of the serious climate challenges facing the world, the Troika calls upon all parties to contribute to the achievement of substantive progress during the upcoming COP16 in Cancun, Mexico.”

According to the department, the Troika firmly believed that through a joint effort and renewed commitment to negotiation, a broad and balanced package of decisions could be agreed upon at COP16, which would lead to immediate action. The Troika has urged parties from developed countries to deliver on their Copenhagen pledges of fast-start financing. “The Troika recognises that fast-start financing is important to build trust. Transparency as to what the parties contribute is essential,” it said. The department further stressed the need for substantial progress in the upcoming sessions of the Ad hoc Working Groups, to be held in Tianjin, China from 4 to 9 October 2010. BuaNews

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