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Brussels, 9 October 2010

Statement by Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, on the outcome of the UN climate change negotiations in Tianjin, China

"The Tianjin meeting has brought a welcome convergence of views that the United Nations climate conference in Cancún next month must result in a balanced package of decisions that takes forward global action to combat climate change.

The shape and content of this package has also started to become clearer this week. Some advances have been made towards drafting decisions for Cancún that address a number of issues of priority concern to developing countries, such as climate finance, technology cooperation, reducing tropical deforestation and adaptation to climate change.

Overall, however, the progress achieved in Tianjin has been very patchy and much too slow.

In particular, there has been insufficient progress in translating key elements of the Copenhagen Accord into UN texts. The lack of progress on these issues, and signs of backtracking on the Copenhagen Accord by certain parties, gives us cause for concern about the balance of the Cancún package.

The gap between the texts on the table at the end of the Tianjin session and the decisions we need to reach in Cancún is still very big. A lot of work will be needed over the coming weeks to bridge this gap.

Nonetheless I still have hopes that Cancún can succeed. We in the European Union will do our utmost through intensive bilateral and multilateral contacts with our partners, including host country Mexico, to help ensure that Cancún achieves the strong outcome that is needed to keep the international fight against climate change on track.

For the EU it is vital that the package of decisions to be taken in Cancún both captures the progress made in the international climate negotiations so far and establishes a solid basis for reaching an ambitious and legally binding global climate agreement as soon as possible."


United Nations-led negotiations to prepare a global climate change agreement for the post-2012 era were launched at the end of 2007. The negotiating session which took place in Tianjin, China from 4 to 9 October was the last formal session before the UN climate conference to be held in Cancun, Mexico in November/December.

For further information on the Tianjin meeting see

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