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    Paris Talks Likely to Result in Climate Change Deal - New Zealand Minister

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    The Paris climate talks (COP21) negotiators will not repeat the mistakes of the previous conferences as they are more serious and posed to result in a comprehensive agreement, Tim Groser, Minister of Trade and Minister of Climate Change issues of New Zealand, told Sputnik.

    PARIS (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko – COP21 is currently taking place in Paris. The climate deal has been under discussion for several years, but the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference failed to work out a climate agreement.

    "I would be extremely surprised if this is a repeat of a Copenhagen fiasco. Of course one can never say anything is too big to fail, so it's possible that it could fail, but i would be extremely surprised if that is the case, because we have a further evolution of political opinion since Copenhagen on climate change," Tim Groser said.

    The Paris Climate Agreement should be legally binding just in some of its provisions, but not in defining how much states should contribute to emissions' reduction, Tim Groser said.

    Paris Climate Agreement has been the aim of climate talks over the past six years. On Saturday, an updated text of the draft climate deal was released

    "It's not about whether the actual deal has legally binding elements, but some bits of it are legally binding. In particular, where it becomes very controversial is the issue of the next set of commitments [of emission reductions]," Groser said.

    According to the minister, issues arise with making the deal legally binding as the US Congress is likely to oppose it.

    "There are many developing countries who have put their best efforts under the nationally determined contributions. But had they thought they were going to be in breach of international law in getting there, we believe they would have been more considerate," Groser explained.

    The Paris talks aim to reach a legally binding agreement that would replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, dealing with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The participating countries submitted their goals for reducing emissions ahead of the conference.

     

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