Sweet end may still be in store in Morocco

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - Wang Yanfei

The global epi­cen­ter of cli­mate change talks moved this year from Paris, the city of sweet mac­arons, to Mar­rakech, a place scented with the mild aroma of mint tea.

Leav­ing French patis­series may seem a hard­ship, es­pe­cially for those feel­ing pes­simistic about the Mar­rakech Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence, in which na­tions are work­ing out the de­tails of how they would keep their Parisian prom­ises.

But a land­mark event just a day af­ter the con­fer­ence opened, the election of Don­ald Trump on Tues­day as the next US pres­i­dent, changed things. A sense of ur­gency picked up, given Trump’s vow to un­ravel the Paris ac­cords.

A group of young en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists protested out­side the meet­ing pavil­ion soon af­ter the election re­sults came in, urg­ing Trump to pur­sue cli­mate jus­tice. There was a sense that it would be dif­fi­cult for Trump to re­verse the gains made.

Even if prospects for the Mar­rakech meet­ing to pro­duce bind­ing agree­ments are un­clear, del­e­gates are busy re­fin­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion road maps and try­ing to un­lock pri­vate in­vest­ment.

When I stepped out of the pavil­ion late one night, a se­nior of­fi­cial told me that there should not be too much to worry about.

“You just need some sweets at the end of the day,” she said, “and then I will con­tin­uemy negotiations and you con­tinue to do your in­ter­views to­mor­row.”

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