Expectations for breakthrough in Durban climate talks low: Ban

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that expectations for a breakthrough during the Durban climate talks must be realistic.

Ban Ki-moon spoke on Tuesday at the opening of a two-week climate conference in which countries will try to agree on  a two degree carbon emission cut to stop the warming of the planet.

Carbon emissions are at their highest in history and rising, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has warned.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon says the negotiations of the coming days will be challenging.

"We know the reasons: grave economic troubles in many countries … abiding political differences … conflicting priorities and strategies for responding to climate change. And it may be true, as many say: the ultimate goal of a comprehensive and binding climate change agreement may be beyond our reach – for now. Yet … let me emphasize: none of these uncertainties should prevent us from making real progress here in Durban."

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Mr. Ban said that $100 billion is needed each year until 2020 from the governmental and private sector to invest in a sustainable future.

The conference will also raise the issue of a green climate fund created in Cancun to help poor countries adopt low carbon growth.

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