U.N. climate talks remained deadlocked on Wednesday over a debate on the agenda for negotiations, with developing countries pushing hard for a greater focus on the fate of the Kyoto Protocol.
The April 3-8 talks in the Thai capital are part of a long and often troubled negotiation trying to strengthen the global fight against climate change by deepening greenhouse gas curbs by the world’s major economies.
Delegates have expressed hopes the Bangkok meeting will build on a series of agreements reached in Cancun last December.
The talks adjourned on Wednesday after day-long meetings and an intense 3-hour closed door plenary failed to win agreement on an agenda meant to shape negotiations for the rest of the year. Negotiations resume on Thursday.
“It’s unfortunate we aren’t able to start so early. But this is our first meeting since Cancun. We will have an agenda and we will have a work plan tomorrow,” Dessima Williams of Grenada, who represents a 43-member alliance of small island states, told Reuters.
“I’m confident we will be able to have a plan for the year,” added veteran negotiator Artur Runge-Metzger, the European Union’s director of international climate strategy.
Russia disagreed, doubting there will be a breakthrough.