EU must meet climate goals to be credible, says top UN official
BERLIN - The EU, currently discussing a climate change package, must meet its goals on cutting carbon emissions if it is to convince developing nations to follow suit, a top UN climate official said Thursday.
"Europe must reach its own climate objectives to be credible" in discussions with developing nations, Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change told Germany’s RBB radio.
EU leaders begin two days of talks Thursday in Brussels on a major climate change package, the so-called "20-20-20" deal, which seeks to decrease greenhouse gas emission by 20 percent by 2020, make 20 percent energy savings and bring renewable energy sources up to 20 percent of total energy use.
Industrial countries "responsible for the climate problem" must also help developing nations fight climate change, de Boer said.
The international community must determine how much money it is willing to give developing nations to join the fight and how the funds can be used, he added.
De Boer is currently heading UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland.