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WWF, Civil Society Groups Walk Out of UN Climate Talks

Today, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) joined several leading civil society NGOs and withdrew from the UN climate talks in Warsaw (COP19). In response, WWF released the following statement from Vice President, Climate Change Lou Leonard:

“These negotiations matter – and that's why we're leaving.

“We’ve heard again and again from scientists about the urgency of addressing the climate threat, but those calls are not finding their way into these talks. Instead, governments are having a political food fight, spending more time talking about political posturing and abstract principles than about protecting their people.

“This meeting was supposed to help bring down emissions and deliver support to vulnerable communities; instead countries like the US brought almost nothing to the table despite increasing progress at home.

“Next year's meeting in Peru must get the world back on track to deliver a meaningful deal in Paris in 2015. All governments need to break out of their small-minded thinking and come ready to negotiate. Countries like the US need to translate their actions at home with bold international commitments to reduce emissions and support the vulnerable in the face of climate change.”

A full statement from all organizations supporting the voluntary withdraw is available here.

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    Advocates from leading NGOs stream out of the ongoing UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. November 21, 2013. ©Mark Lutes/WWF