Women lead toughest topic at climate talks: reparations | app

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Men generally outnumber and matter more than women as negotiators in climate talks, except when it comes to the thorniest diplomatic issue of global warming this year — reparations for climatic disasters.

The issue of polluting nations paying vulnerable countries is left to women, who have put the issue on the agenda after 30 years. Whether this year’s UN climate talks in Egypt succeed or fail will mainly depend on the issue called loss and damage in international negotiations, according to officials and experts. It’s a question that mixes fairness and economy, balancing the needs of those who are hurt and those who would pay.

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