To read or not to read a draft text prepared by the Danish government for adoption at the end of the COP meeting seems to be the dilemma of developing countries. On Tuesday (9 Dec), the UK-based Guardian published the text, which was circulated to selected countries a week ago.
Technically the draft has not been placed on the table and so, as the chief Indian negotiator Shyam Saran says, one cannot read what is not on the table.
Sudan’s Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, chair of the Group of 77 Plus China (developing countries bloc), is more blunt.
“The Danish text is the most dangerous document for developing countries,” he says.
The ire is on several fronts. The first is the manner in which it was drafted, based on consultations with few countries.
The second is the content. It blunts the division between developed and developing countries by implying that the latter, too, need emissions targets.
The proposed funds—US$ 10 billion per year from 2010-2012 as quick start money for adaptation – are meagre. And a reference to “multilateral institutions” to manage a climate fund raises the spectre of World Bank involvement.
There are clauses on technology transfer and associated intellectual property rights issues. “We are greatly disappointed on technology transfer,” says Angelica Navarro, Bolivia’s chief negotiator. “We need to remove intellectual property rights barriers in such an emergency (climate change). We cannot continue with business as usual scenario with IPR.”
India’s Saran considers the text one of the many papers “floating around”. But was the Danish government innocently flying papers a week ahead of such a major meet?
T. V. Padma, South Asia regional coordinator, SciDev.Net