The United Nations has announced it will limit its annual climate talks to a final session starting on December 10.
This year’s summit is the first in the last decade to be held at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
The world is still trying to figure out what the future holds, according to the world body’s chief climate negotiator, Patricia Espinosa.
“We will not be able to go to another session unless the UN takes action,” Espinara told reporters after meeting with the U., French, Italian, Russian and South Korean delegations.
The U.S., which is responsible for the bulk of the countrys greenhouse gas emissions, will not participate in the final round of the conference.
“I think it’s going to be very hard to come to a consensus at this stage,” Espinsa said.
“So we’re going to try to come up with something that would be fair to all countries and we’re not going to do anything that will make the planet more vulnerable to climate change.”
The U., the world’s largest economy, is also expected to be the biggest loser in the summit.
Espinosa said the world has already started to see the impacts of climate change, especially for vulnerable nations such as the Philippines, Brazil and Nicaragua.
“It’s a very serious situation,” she said.
She noted that the U, which is already reeling from a devastating typhoon, is going to have to do much more than its current climate commitments to mitigate the effects of climate impacts.
“What we’re doing is we’re committing to do more to protect the vulnerable people,” Espinelas said.
In addition to the Philippines and Brazil, other countries that will be affected by climate change include the Dominican Republic, Mexico, El Salvador, South Africa and Myanmar.
Espinosa said it is also crucial to avoid the “misconception” that the climate talks are only about a final round.
“The Paris Agreement is not about a winner-take-all,” she told reporters.
“The United Nations is not a winner, and we have to have a conversation.”