“One team for one planet”, climate talks chief tells delegates

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The goal is to trim down a 37-page blueprint negotiated in Lima last year which many view as unworkable.

At the end of this week's negotiations, the aim is to come up with a document that UN member states can sign at the next Conference of Parties in Paris in December, as Daniel Johnson reports.

Key climate change talks got under way in Geneva this week to push for UN member states to sign a deal which limits global warming.

As six days of discussions opened at the United Nations, delegates were told that there was "an even higher sense of urgency" to reach an agreement.

Here's Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, president of the negotiations, addressing delegates:

"Time is short, every day has to be a success where we reach a milestone…One planet, one team…This is not a competition amongst us."

The aim of these talks is to come up with a final – and legally binding — document that's acceptable to all UN member states.

That'll involve trimming down an unwieldy 37-page document hammered out in Lima last year and then signing it off in Paris in December.

But a major sticking point is that rich nations have yet to spell out their financial commitments to the developing world for climate mitigation.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations

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