United Nations climate talks entered extra time on Saturday with little sign of a breakthrough as negotiations linger on key issues, including funds for the loss and damage suffered by poorer, vulnerable countries hit by extreme weather.
Land delegation officials arrived in the sprawling conference zone, now mostly empty, for another day of negotiations.
“Negotiations went on all night,” said Egyptian diplomat Wael Aboulmagd, who heads the Egyptian delegation. “We had to finalize some documents.”
Britain’s Alok Sharma, who chaired the Glasgow talks last year, said his team is “going to see what the final text is, but the main point is: it has to be ambitious and balanced.”
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An official speaking on behalf of the African group of negotiators said he knew little.
“We keep hearing of late-night side meetings to break the deadlock, but we haven’t been involved and we’re waiting to see what they’ll come up with before deciding,” they said.
Frustration also grew among the negotiators about the way in which the Egyptian presidency led the talks. Some complained about a lack of transparency in the consultations, while others said the process was unpredictable compared to previous talks.
The meeting known as COP27 started two weeks ago and was scheduled to conclude on Friday, but it looks like it will drag on all weekend.
Many of the more than 40,000 in attendance have left town and workers have begun to pack up the huge pavilions in the sprawling conference area.
COP meetings have evolved over the years into trade fairs, with many countries and industry groups setting up booths and displays for meetings and panel discussions.
At many stands, chairs were stacked neatly ready to be removed and monitors had been removed, leaving cables dangling from the walls. Pamphlets and booklets were scattered on tables and floors. Snack bars, which Egyptian organizers said would remain open all weekend, were emptied.