UN Climate Talks End With Limited Agreements

(VOANEWS)

After two weeks of deliberations and negotiations, representatives of more than 190 nations have concluded the Uniten Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico with agreements to establish a fund to help poor countries deal with climate change and a body to help nations adapt. But the biggest achievement may have been keeping the process alive.

After a marathon session that went into the early morning hours Saturday, the climate change conference came to a close with a range of broad agreements. Mexican President Felipe Calderon, speaking as leader of the host nation, hailed the achievement. ""With this accord you have altered the inertia and have changed the feeling of collective powerlessness for hope in multilateralism,"" he said.

One of the key agreements here in Cancun was the creation of a global fund through which industrialized nations will provide support to both climate change mitigation and adaptation in poor nations.

Expectations were low for this conference, following what was widely seen as the failure of last year's conference in Copenhagen. Many participants and observers from non-governmental organizations were questioning the multilateral process itself. But environmental groups expressed satisfaction with what was accomplished here in Cancun, saying the talks had moved the process forward on several fronts raising expectations for next year's conference in Durban, South Africa.
ITN