26 Nov 2013

Call for climate talks to go to UN council

11:50 am on 26 November 2013

The Green Party says negotiations for a global climate change agreement need to be moved to the United Nations Security Council as progress is not being made fast enough.

The annual UN climate change meeting finished in Poland over the weekend, with only small movement towards a new climate change treaty.

The deal, which is intended to be signed in Paris in 2015, would come into effect in 2020.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been running since 1992, and now includes 195 countries, including New Zealand.

The Green Party's climate change spokesperson, Kennedy Graham, who was in Poland for the UN meeting, says progress is simply too slow under that model.

Dr Graham says if the Security Council adopts climate change as a potential threat to peace and security, then real progress is possible.

Next year's UN climate change meeting will be held in Peru.