LE BOURGET, France: The latest news related to the U.N. climate conference outside Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with the environment ministers of two of the largest developing nations as negotiators try to hammer out details of a global accord on climate change by the end of the week.
Kerry was holding talks at the Le Bourget conference site outside of Paris on Thursday with the environment ministers of Brazil and India, according to the State Department. No details of the meetings were immediately available but Brazil and India are among the biggest nations demanding that richer countries pay and do more to reduce carbon emissions.
Kerry is expected to meet with numerous other negotiators who produced a 29-page draft agreement on Wednesday. Much more remains to be resolved to get a final deal by Friday’s self-imposed deadline.
Diplomats and climate negotiators worked almost until dawn and have now resumed talks, narrowing down options in a 29-page draft of a global accord to tackle climate change a day before a self-imposed deadline for the unprecedented agreement.
A French diplomat said talks outside Paris continued until about 5 a.m. Thursday (0400 GMT, 11 p.m. EST Wednesday) before resuming midmorning.
The diplomat said a new draft of the accord is expected to be released sometime Thursday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations.
The French organizers of the two-week talks want a final agreement by Friday night, though U.N. climate conferences rarely end on time.
The draft released Wednesday left major issues unresolved.