Major climate conference a ‘disappointment’

The UN international climate conference, COP25, has been deemed a disappointment by the UN’s secretary general because countries failed to agree on a raft of policies.

Delegates from around the world gathered in Madrid to finalise the “rulebook” underpinning the climate ambitions reached under the Paris Agreement 2015, but failed to reach a consensus.

The crucial argument, debated by the 27,000 delegates in Spain, revolved around Article 6 of the Paris accord, aimed at setting rules for carbon markets and other forms of international cooperation.

But delegates could not agree on various elements of Article 6. Hundreds of bracketed sections of unresolved text remain, which will need to be signed off at an inter-sessional meeting in June and at COP26 in Glasgow in November next year.

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