“Unfortunately, what we have seen over and over this week is that some countries are walking back from the progress made in Copenhagen,” he told journalists, referring to the 11th-hour accord hammered out at the climate summit in December.
That agreement enshrined the goal of capping the increase of global temperatures at 2.0 degrees, but did not muster the commitments needed to attain it.
It also pledged long-term financing to help poor countries green their economies and cope with consequences of climate change, without specifying where the money would come from.
Dessima Williams of Grenada, speaking for the 43-nation Association of Small Island States, said she was “greatly concerned” by the slow pace of the talks.
“The situation on the ground for all our countries is worsening,” she said at a press conference.