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UN official expects "good news" from Durban climate talk

12-03-2011 08:39 BJT Special Report:Durban Climate Change Conference |

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- A senior UN official said on Friday that "good news" could be expected soon, as pessimism is mounting about any concrete progress made from the ongoing UN climate talks.

Six bodies were working "at the same time" to map out measures to help developing countries cope with climate change, said Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

"We expect them to report on good progress" on some issues, she said, adding that "very concrete and very good news" would be progressed on an adaptation package.

She was referring to UN-endorsed plans to help developing countries adapt to climate change.

"The very concrete and very good news" was that there would be "very good progress" on a package of issues that has to do with adaption plans, which are very important not only to developing countries in general but also to the African region, she told a press briefing.

She reaffirmed the UN support for developing countries to work out national adaptation plans to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change.

The official did not go into details at the briefing.

The climate talks, known as the 17th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17), opened here on Monday and will continue to Dec. 9.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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