Experiencing the UNFCCC Negotiation
Posted by NYCA Blogger on November 30, 2011
I started my involvement in this never ending climate change negotiation since 2009 from the COP 15, Copenhagen, Denmark. After completely two years, I am here in this beautiful city of Durban, South Africa to attend another most awaited united nation climate change conference – COP 17/CMP 7. With the slogan “Working Together, Saving Tomorrow Today”, the COP 17 already started in Durban from 28 November 2011. Around 20,000 delegates from more than 190 countries are gathered here for this mega event and billions of people all over the worlds are keeping their eye open on it.
Future of the Kyoto Protocol, long term cooperation under the UNFCCC, technology mechanism to promote clean energy and adaptation related technology, adaptation framework, green climate fund, etc are the major agenda for the COP 17. The outgoing president of the COP, Patricia Espinosa urged to the negotiators in opening plenary of the COP 17 that “action and leadership from all in this room to find a common solution to secure the future of generations to come is required”. Mr. Jacob Juma, the President of the Republic of South Africa in his opening speech clearly mentioned that “adaptation is a key priority for the SIDS, LDCs and African Countries”. He also added that the COP 17 outcomes must be recognised that solving the climate change cannot be separated from the eradicating poverty.
It is also nice to see quite good numbers (around 50) of Nepali attending this conference. This can really help to raise the issue of our concern in this international negotiation. Even though it is not enough, there were little home works before the COP. The two days intensive climate change negotiation workshop and pre COP consultations by Climate Change Network Nepal (CCNN) and also by the Ministry of Environment were much helpful. Regular communication among the Nepali delegates through email groups is also very helpful in sharing information and better coordination. We organized the first Nepali meeting in Durban with good participation and initial discussion. However, discussion on the domestic issues and de-satisfaction in this overseas venue almost ruined the energy and expectations of the meeting.
Anyway, I am hopeful for some good outcomes on the international climate change negotiation as well as some learning’s for the Nepali delegates to be united in this kind of international forum.
(Dipesh Chapagain is following the climate negotiation in Durban, South Africa)