WHATEVER agreement came out of this year’s United Nations climate change negotiations in Doha, Qatar, it was clear no one would be "delighted" with it, and that it would not be rigorous enough to keep the rise of global temperatures below the 2°C above preindustrial levels agreed as a threshold, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres said on Friday.
As the first week of the talks came to a close, Ms Figueres said the almost 200 countries that had come to Doha to participate in the talks had clearly come with sleeves rolled up, ready to deliver a solid conclusion to the talks.
"There has been very constructive progress at Doha this week. It must be picked up next week," she said.
Several negotiating texts were ready, or nearing readiness, for consideration by negotiating teams on Saturday, or "to be put under the pillow, ready to be engaged on Monday", she said.
A first-ever draft text for the so-called Durban Platform — an agreement that by the end of 2015 a climate change pact with legal force would be ready for implementation in 2020 — was ready for further discussion, Ms Figueres said.
The issue of finance from the industrialised world to the developing and least-developed nations was "front and centre" of the negotiations, Ms Figueres said. The good news was that "very constructive progress" on this had been made.
The core of this discussion was how industrialised countries were going to ramp up their financial contributions from an annual $10bn to their pledged $100bn a year from 2020.
It was also "very, very clear" nations recognised that their collective ambitions on reducing the release of greenhouse gases, linked to the overall rise in global temperatures, were "fundamentally insufficient" to keep global warming below an average of 2°C beyond preindustrial levels, she said.
Under discussion was how to ramp up ambition. "I don’t see much public support for governments to take on (stricter) national ambitions. (Curbing global warming) is about all of us as individuals," she said.
Ms Figueres said it was, however, clear that nations would agree on a second commitment period for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the world’s first and only legally-binding (for industrialised countries) agreement on how to diminish greenhouse gas emissions.
While Canada, Japan, Russia and New Zealand had said they would not sign up to a second commitment period — the first ends on December 31 — they had not closed the door on joining a new global agreement in the future, she said.
The "path" to a new global agreement had not yet been paved, she said.
The global nongovernmental coalition Climate Action Network, which consists of about 700 bodies across 90 countries, cancelled its media briefing on Friday.
As Ms Figueres gave her media briefing, 150 mosques across Qatar used their midday sermon to expound on climate change, Qatari activists said.
• Sue Blaine is attending the conference on a scholarship from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.