By Louise Gray

Cancun Climate Conference: Chris Huhne says the world is ‘within shouting distance of a deal’

Chris Huhne, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has promised to get the ‘show back on the road’ towards an international agreement to stop global warming.

Mr Huhne said there was ‘obviously not going to be a legal treaty’ agreed at the next major summit in Cancun Mexico later this month.

However he insisted that the talks can make progress towards a deal.

“I am travelling to Cancun very much with the hope of getting the show back on the road,” he said.

“We want to see progress at Cancun. We do not want to see a confrontational shambles that involves a lot of name-calling.”

The UN talks are aimed at achieving a deal that cuts carbon emissions in order to keep global temperature rise within 2C (3.8F).

Mr Huhne said this was still possible at the end of 2011 or 2012.

In the mean time he said the talks must put in place the architecture to make a deal possible. This will mean a series of ‘mini-deals’ on how the world will measure the emissions from different countries, how money will be raised to help poor countries go green and how to reduce deforestation.

“From the point of view of our objectives. We want to see progress, which means we are withing shouting distance of a serious deal which we can rely on to tackle this massive problem,” he said.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative announced that it will host a major new business summit alongside the main Cancun talks dubbed the World Climate Summit.

The conference – which UNEP describes as “the beginning of a new, open and collaborative global 10-year framework dedicated to helping governments, businesses and financiers accelerate solutions to climate change” – will take place on December 4-5 in Cancun and will be attended by representatives from over 300 of the world’s largest firms, including Richard Branson and Ted Turner.

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