Nepal is expecting that the coming round of climate change meeting can produce some significant progress.
“Nepal is expecting that the Cancun conference will agree on financial parts needed for the adaptation in the least developed countries,” said Dr. Ganesh Raj Joshi, secretary to the Ministry of Environment.
“Nepal’s priority is in finance, technology transfer and adaptation,” secretary Joshi told New Spotlight. “On December 4, Nepal will host the meeting for Mountain Alliance as a side event.”
Minister of Environment Thakur Prasad Sharma will lead the Nepalese delegation in the Cancun meeting. Nepal will be represented by NGOs, media persons and officials from the Ministry Environment.
A senior UN official is also expecting that the next round of climate-change talks, beginning Nov. 29 in Cancun, Mexico, can produce “significant” progress on forest protection, aid for developing nations and technology sharing.
“There are enough issues that are close to resolution that an important outcome could be achieved,” UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert Orr told reporters in New York. “It is our assessment that significant progress is possible.”
Orr, director of policy planning for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said that, while “expectations for Copenhagen were huge, we are at a different point today.” As no broad-based accord will be reached, the “order of the day is pragmatism” and negotiators should “make progress where we can on the issues we can,” he said.
Talks since Copenhagen on forest protection, climate aid and technology sharing have left those issues “ripe” for agreement in Cancun, Orr said. “We encourage all parties to push the last few inches across the finish line.”