Delegates at the climate change summit in Paris used the flooding in Chennai to remind negotiators Thursday of the urgency of the climate problem and urged them to speed up discussions.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is presiding over the conference, issued a statement expressing his country’s solidarity with the affected people of Chennai.
“The unprecedented magnitude of the flooding confirms yet again that we no longer have time. We must take concrete and urgent action against climate disruption,” Fabius said.
Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States who won a Nobel for campaigning on climate change, opened his talk with a reference to the Chennai flooding and The Hindu newspaper being unable to print its edition for the first time in 90 years.
After two days of talks in small sub-groups, negotiators produced the first draft agreement text Thursday morning.
The 50-page text was only five pages shorter than the existing text, suggesting that negotiators had not been able to make much progress in the first few days of the conference.
The contentious issues remained as they were, each option mentioned in separate brackets. After day-long negotiations, another draft text is expected late Thursday.
With money matters dominating negotiations for the second day, developing countries launched a scathing counter-attack saying a group of developed countries was “wasting time” at the negotiations, “blustering” and “throwing up new languages without any sense of responsibility”.