SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said parties must now “rise to the occasion” at a news conference Saturday morning.
“The issue now depends on the will of the parties,” Soukry said at a press conference. “Parties must rise to the occasion and take responsibility to find areas of convergence and move forward.”
On a new draft text for the general decision at the conference, which was being worked on overnight, Soukry said that “the vast majority of parties told me that they considered the text to be balanced and that it is a possible breakthrough that can lead to consensus.” .
He added that “everyone must show the necessary flexibility” to reach consensus and that Egypt was merely “facilitating this process.”
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New Zealand’s climate minister said a draft of the final document released by the presidency was “very poorly received by almost everyone”, adding that delegations were entering another round of talks.
Speaking to the Associated Press, James Shaw called the draft “totally unsatisfactory.”
He added that the proposal “really abandons all hope of reaching 1.5 (degrees Celsius, 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit),” referring to the warming limit agreed in the 2015 Paris accord.
He said the parties would continue to work on the issue, as well as try to reach consensus on a damage and loss fund for developing countries suffering from the effects of climate change.
“Everybody wants a result in loss and damage and everybody wants to keep 1.5 alive. So this is what we will continue to do,” he said.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock says responsibility for the fatness of the UN climate talks “is now in the hands of the Egyptian COP presidency”.
He said the European Union had made it clear overnight that “we will not sign a document here that deviates significantly from the 1.5 C path, which will bury the 1.5 degree target”.
“If these climate conferences set us back, then we wouldn’t need to travel here in the first place,” he said.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
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