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A truck lies submerged by floodwater in Myanmar's Bago region on August 30. Many thousands of people have been stranded after monsoonal rain left the region inundated. Seasonal rain has been getting heavier as weather gets more extreme with global

A truck lies submerged by floodwater in Myanmar's Bago region on August 30. Many thousands of people have been stranded after monsoonal rain left the region inundated. Seasonal rain has been getting heavier as weather gets more extreme with global

Governments are not on track to meet a goal of the 2015 Paris agreement of capping temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) before the end of the century, a United Nations official said on Sunday ahead of climate-change talks in Bangkok this week.

The Paris agreement - adopted by more than 200 nations in 2015 - set the goal of limiting warming to "well below" a rise of two degrees C above pre-industrial times, while trying to reach the tougher target of 1.5 degrees C.

Numerous programmes developing countries have promised as part of their efforts to curb climate-related risks and turn to green energy depend on adequate worldwide climate finance.

Chair of the least developed countries group Gebru Jember Endalew urged delegates to avoid "a last-minute rush in Katowice so that the voices of poor and vulnerable countries are fully heard".

A Europe-wide heat wave this summer and bush fires in Australia, among other things, should give new impetus to the talks, said Espinosa. "This is slowly leading to a new, more inclusive multilateralism to deal with climate change, which is increasingly becoming evident", said Ms. Espinosa.

Nacpil warned that unless smaller countries, local communities and climate justice advocates were given more power at the climate negotiation table, the Paris Agreement's goal to cap the global temperature rise at 2C will fail.

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"I do believe that this will create a bigger sense of urgency", she said.

"It will be critical for negotiators in Bangkok to produce solid text-based output that can function as the basis for the concluding negotiations in Katowice and be turned into the final implementation guidelines of Paris Agreement at COP24, as the texts capturing progress to date are not yet refined enough for this goal", Espinosa said.

That accord set a sweeping goal of ending the fossil fuel era this century, but the text was vague on details. The texts capturing progress to date are not yet refined enough for this goal. One of the reasons why this is so complex is because we are talking about. many different areas.

"Building on progress made, countries now need to take a decisive step forward in preparing the ambitious and balanced outcome that we need in Katowice", said Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of UNFCCC.

Rich governments have promised to mobilise $100 billion per year in climate finance by 2020 to help poorer nations make the transformation to clean energy and cope with the impact of higher temperatures.

ESCAP's partnership with UN Climate Change will build on existing initiatives, and identify joint projects that strengthen leadership, enhance capacity, and promote collaboration of public and private sectors to implement country-driven mitigation and adaptation activities.

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