Copenhagen Drama: Developing Countries Pull the Plug

Copenhagen has turned chaotic as 130 developing countries have pulled the “emergency plug” on the international climate talks.

Here is the official statement of Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Oxfam:

Africa has pulled the emergency cord to avoid a train crash at the end of the week. Poor countries want to see an outcome which guarantees sharp emissions reductions yet rich countries are trying to delay discussions on the only mechanism we have to deliver this – the Kyoto Protocol.

This not about blocking the talks – it is about whether rich countries are ready to guarantee action on climate change and the survival or people in Africa and across the world.

“Australia and Japan are crying foul while blocking movement on legally binding emissions reductions for rich countries. This tit for tat approach is no way to deal with the climate crisis.”

African countries have refused to continue negotiations unless talks on a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol are prioritized ahead of broader discussions under a second LCA track. Australia, Japan and others have succeeded in stopping Kyoto Protocol discussions as a result. Of the two tracks of negotiations underway in Copenhagen the Kyoto Protocol is the only one which includes a mechanism for legally binding emissions reductions by rich countries.

So what does it all mean? Developing countries don’t want to be walked all over by the wealthy ones, particularly since it’s often smaller, poorer countries that feel the severe effects of climate change. You can read a statement regarding climate change by the G77 here.

You can also keep up to date with the breaking news over at Huffington Post.

As the world gathers in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference, we’re following along by covering all sorts of aspects of the issue. You can read all of our climate related posts here.

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