The United Nations climate talks entered a deadlock on Saturday after developing nations turned down a draft agreement that they said would allow the rich or developed countries to dodge their responsibilities to fight global warming and face the heat.
The member countries were meeting for the two-week session in Lima, taking a relatively modest climate goal. The main aim of the meeting was to reach a deal on what information should be pledged by the countries for the preparation of a global climate pact, which is likely to be adopted in Paris next year.
But several developing countries denied accepting a draft decision they said blurred the difference between what rich and poor nations can be expected to do.
Speaking on the sidelines of the climate conference, Chinese negotiator Liu Zhenmin said, “We have deadlock.”
Zhenmin also supported Malaysia and other developing nations that rejected the draft decision.
US representative Todd Stern said that he was open to tweaking the language, but also cautioned against lengthy negotiations. He also noted that the conference had already cleared its scheduled Friday close.
“Failing to produce the decision before us will be a serious breakdown and this could put the Paris agreement and the entire United Nations’ process at risk,” Stern said.
The developed countries seek pledges to focus on carbon emissions cuts, but the developing ones want to see commitments of financial assistance.
According to the scientific reports, the impacts of climate change are already occurring and can be seen in the intensifying heat waves, rising sea levels and shifts in weather patterns leading to floods and droughts.