UN's de Boer sees no new treaty at Copenhagen-FT
LONDON Oct 20 (Reuters) - The Copenhagen climate change conference will set out the political framework for cutting greenhouse gases, but will not result in a new international treaty, the Financial Times newspaper said on Monday, citing a top U.N. official.
"A fully fledged new international treaty under the [U.N. framework] convention [on climate change] - I do not think that is going to happen," Yvo de Boer, the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told the paper in an interview.
"If you look at the limited amount of time that remains to Copenhagen, we have to focus on what can realistically be done and how that can realistically be framed," he added.
De Boer said the conference needed to reach an "overarching decision" that sets out individual targets for industrialised countries.
In addition, it needed to decide "how major developing countries intend to engage [in curbing emissions by] 2020, and hopefully that puts that in the context of a long-term goal [of cutting global emissions by 2050]." (Reporting by Simon Jessop; Editing by Gary Hill)
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