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Bonn climate talks: time to stop colouring in the homework timetable

10 June 2015 - As the Bonn climate talks head towards a conclusion on Thursday Christian Aid has warned that negotiators are in danger of wasting their last hours, avoiding real progress on the substance of the Paris climate deal.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, said: “There has been too much time spent fiddling around with the unimportant details of the text. Negotiators have acted like schoolchildren colouring in their homework timetable and not getting around to any actual homework.

“It’s time to put the colouring pens away and really get down to work. They must create a clear list of options which can be worked out by ministers before the next session in Bonn in August. 

“The co-chairs of the ADP negotiations need to use the mandate they’ve been given and deliver a robust text soon otherwise they will cause further unacceptable delays and result in countries sleepwalking into Paris.”


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