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A new climate treaty can be ready by June 2010, hopes UN’s chief climate negotiator Yvo de Boer. A few days before the Copenhagen conference, de Boer is positive that the parties will reach a political agreement on central issues.

Marianne Bom02/12/2009 15:55
UN’s top climate negotiator, Yvo de Boer, is confident the UN climate conference in Copenhagen will deliver a political agreement with ambitious targets from rich nations and commitments to cut emissions growth by the developing world.

In an interview with Radio Australia he outlines his expectations for the conference, saying that a Copenhagen political agreement can hopefully be transformed into a legally binding climate treaty by June 2010.

"I think we can get a clear agreement in Copenhagen and an agreement that specifies 2020 emission reduction targets for rich nations and an agreement that specifies what major developing countries like China will do to limit the growth of their emissions," he says.

"[We can get] an agreement that specifies financial support to developing countries and an agreement that specifies that some time in the course of 2010, I hope by June 2010, this all needs to be put into treaty language so you get the legally binding package as well," Yvo de Boer says.

The UN climate conference hosted by Denmark this month was earlier planned by the UN to deliver a new climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol and its measures for combating climate change.

But time has run out for a legally binding agreement in Copenhagen, the UN realized this fall. Now the aim is a political agreement in December to be transformed into a treaty as soon as possible after the conference.