Late nights

It’s not only me who’s been up late these last few days. Or who’s feeling frustrated at times. Talks on technology transfer – a big issue for developing countries and one which has proved contentious – broke down last night in a “very acrimonious way”. The cause was disagreement over a single word – should it be “facility” or should it be “programme”? It was after 2am. Negotiators decided to defer the whole topic to the next meeting of the responsible UN bodies. “I was a little incredulous myself when I received the report this morning,” said Munir Akram, ambassador of Pakistan to the UN and chairman of the group of 77 and China. The good news is ministers are almost certain to revive the topic and include it in their talks tomorrow and Friday.

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