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COP on the brink

Posted by NYCA Blogger on December 17, 2009

Rishi blogging from Copenhagen

The LCA scheduled to meet in the evening yesterday (Dec 15) met in the wee hours of this morning, 4 45 am precisely. The parties were not able to agree on the draft to forward to the COP. As we don’t have a high level-ready text for COP, the COP president proposed forwarding his text for decisions. Earlier this morning, at the plenary, countries belonging to the G77 plus China, save for Maldives, are protesting about the president’s proposal. Not only all of the hard work that has been done over the course of the two years will go to waste but is a clear violation of what is to be a country driven process.

COP 15The lack of ambitious and clear targets by the Annex 1 countries invited most of this deadlock. The developing countries argue that there’s no point in negotiating when the scale of emissions reductions isn’t known. The Annex 1 countries are reluctant to discuss details in the AWGs and have been trying to save these discussions for the high level segment where their political heavyweights will negotiate.

Thought the president’s text has not been circulated out yet, the leaked Danish text last week could provide us some clues as to the strength and nature of the agreement. How well the draft reflects the progress made by the ad hoc groups thus far is again not known.

Regardless of what the substance may be, the fact that it’s not the text that would be decided upon and forwarded again undermines trust between developed and developing countries.

The ‘green room’ event, supposedly called by the Danish government got together 48 countries. Such exclusive meetings that leave out developing countries from the backroom diplomacy raise serious flags.

Time has basically run out. Without a miracle-like development, it is hard to foresee how the parties could agree on a fair, ambitious and binding deal.


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