COP21: Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd's delicate balancing act in Paris

The British minister’s senior role will see her involved in a frantic period of 'shuttle diplomacy'

Amber Rudd, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will play a key role  at the summit
Amber Rudd, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will play a key role at the summit

The next few days are likely to be extremely busy for Amber Rudd, the UK’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, who is one of 12 ministers at the centre of the Paris climate change talks.

Discussions are split into six broad areas, each of which is led by a minister from a developed country and another from a developing nation.

Ms Rudd is working with Pa Ousman Jarju of the west African nation of Gambia. The pair are responsible for the section of the talks that deal with immediate actions to tackle global warming between now and 2020.

The British minister’s senior role will see her involved in a frantic period of “shuttle diplomacy”, in which she will engage in a large number of meetings to establish what each country wants, what they are prepared to compromise on and what they are prepared to offer.

It is her brief to see what compromise can then found between the competing needs of 192 nations.

The other five areas of the discussions include the section of the agreement dealing with how countries adapt to climate change and how responsibility for dealing with global warming is shared out between the rich and the poor countries.

Ms Rudd warned on 7 December that Britain will fail to achieve all its objectives in the Paris talks. She said she remained “hopeful that we can get a deal” but warned there was a “huge amount of work to get through”. “Compromises will need to be made by all of us,” she said.

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