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Nations fail to deliver legally binding agreement

Posted by NYCA Blogger on December 19, 2009

President Obama held a press conference to announce major developments after an extremely intense day of high level negotiations.

Three major developments that are MAJOR disappointments:

1. Non legally binding

The resulting document will be an ‘accord’ and not a protocol or any agreement that can be ratified.

Another session will be held to to agree on a legal outcome. Exactly when this will take place is not known yet.

2. Aiming to limit temperature increase to 2 degrees

Against what science is demanding to prevent catastrophic loss; this is not ambitious

3. Optional commitments

Developing and developed countries voluntary fill in commitments. This will be assessed through an ‘international consultation’ mechanism. Lack of legal nature means the agreement won’t have a compliance system.

This comes as a major breakthrough as at some points during the day, it looked as if there would be no agreement at all. Advanced developing (China, India, Brazil) are on board though in a weak way.

There is speculation that the current COP will be adjourned to meet again in June 2010 so that a legal treaty can be reached.


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