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Pressure builds on U.S. to contribute at Cancun

12-02-2010 10:21 BJT Special Report:UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun |

by Liu Lili, Wang Yujue

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Delegates from both developing and developed nations have urged the United States to show sincerity and contribute more to the progress of climate negotiations at the U.N.'s climate change conference here Wednesday.

The Cancun talks, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10, are aimed at finding solutions to global climate change. It has attracted about 25,000 participants from governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations and research institutions in almost 200 countries.

Hugh Montgomery, who is attending the Cancun conference as a member of the World Health Organization, said the U.S. had not done enough to deal with the impact of climate change.

Many developing countries have done more than the United States, but have to bear its critism about not performing their duties, said Montgomery, director of University College London Institute for Human Health & Performance.

Another group, ECO, supported the U.S. objective of increasing the transparency of mitigation actions by developing countries, but said it must be part of a broader framework that included greater transparency of developed country actions on both mitigation and finance. The view was contained in a report that has been published by non-governmental environmental groups at major international conferences since the Stockholm environment conference in 1972.

"Instead of pressurizing others, the U.S. should announce its willingness to increase the transparency of its own actions. Making it clear that supporting enhanced transparency for everybody includes the U.S. itself will make adoption of a balanced package of decisions here in Cancun much more likely," ECO said.

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