WARSAW: Exasperated green groups walked out of faltering United Nations (UN) climate talks in Warsaw on Thursday as rich and poor nations bickered about who must do what to curb planet warming.
Negotiators were at loggerheads on the penultimate day of talks over divvying up responsibility for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and scaling up aid to poor states vulnerable to climate change effects.
In a dramatic flourish, six environment and development groups walked out, saying the annual round of talks had delivered little more than hot air since opening on November 11.
“The Warsaw climate conference, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing,” said a statement announcing the groups’ decision to “voluntarily withdraw.”
The signatories are Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam, ActionAid, the International Trade Union Confederation and Friends of the Earth.
They claimed more than 800 UN-accredited observers were part of the mass protest.