26 Jul 2011

Climate change negotiator says key target at risk

7:26 pm on 26 July 2011

New Zealand's international climate change negotiator says not enough is being done to reach one of the key targets the world agreed on to tackle global warming.

More than 60 senior negotiators from about 35 countries have met in Auckland to discuss their progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.

An agreement was signed to keep increases in global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius at a meeting in Cancun in Mexico in December.

New Zealand's negotiator Jo Tyndall says there is recognition around the table that the emission reduction targets countries have made are not enough to reach that goal.

Ms Tyndall says ideas about how to deal with the issue are being discussed.

New Zealand aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by between 10% and 20% by 2020.

The next major climate change meeting will be held in South Africa at the end of this year.