Third World Network says developed economies must take responsibility for their historical emissions with ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gases.
Meeting in Bangkok kicks-off with familiar battle lines drawn on Kyoto Protocol and early salvos fired on new global deal.
Small Island States issue statement calling in rich nations to raise the their ambition and ensure gaps in funding and emission reductions are slammed shut.
There are signs at home and abroad that the country is set to make a binding international commitment on emissions reductions.
Forestry is likely to be a key point of interest for New Zealand heading into the Bangkok talks as the country’s ability to meet their Kyoto targets is dependent on the sector.
Nine months on from what was billed as an ‘historic’ Durban Platform agreement, the UN climate change talks look in danger of sliding backwards again.
Professor Bob Watson, one of the UK Government’s top scientific advisors, warns the world could be heading to a 3°C or even 5°C world as a result of climate change.