UN chief returning to COP24 to help get more "positive" outcome

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-12 07:55:37|Editor: Li Xia
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UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres headed back on Tuesday to the UN climate change conference in Katowice, Poland in a bid to reach a "positive outcome" in face of division on a final document.

Guterres, who was attending the conference on a global migration compact, "will do all that he can to encourage the member states in Katowice to move towards a positive outcome," Farhan Haq, UN deputy spokesman, told reporters here at a regular briefing.

The UN chief "has made very clear in his earlier visit to Katowice last week what we really need to do is accelerate the progress in dealing with climate change because we have been moving too slowly as far as the data and the events all around us show," said the spokesman.

"He is going to try to help encourage a greater degree of cooperation and seriousness and we hope and expect that the member states and the presidency of COP 24 will be able to move ahead," Haq said.

The Katowice meeting, from Dec. 2-14, is the 24th Conference of Parties to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Guterres attended the opening session and left for other UN meetings, including the Morocco meeting on the migration compact.

The Katowice meeting has witnessed Russia and the United States -- among other states -- voicing opposition to draft text to be included in the final outcome document. The United States last year pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.