The executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change on Wednesday defended the potential for progress at the group’s annual conference in Cancún, in the midst of low expectations in the wake of last year’s meeting in Copenhagen.
“The fact is that no one can afford permanently immovable positions,” executive secretary Christiana Figueres said at a press conference in Cancún on Dec. 1, referencing the overall perception of a stalemate that took place in Copenhagen last year.
Delegates at the Copenhagen conference were not able to agree on a binding climate treaty for curbing carbon emissions, which has cast doubt on the potential for the group to reach a treaty at this year’s conference, policy experts say.
“Nobody can afford to stay in inaction, and it is very clear that countries are actually willing to engage to be able to produce results here in Cancún,” Figueres said.