Battlelines – in the first week

Here’s a snapshot of discussions during the first week at COP-15:

G-77 versus rich countries: Developing countries are not happy over the way the negotiations have proceeded so far, with few indications of developed countries coming forward with substantial aid to help poor countries combat the impacts of climate change.

The European Union in Brussels pledged 7.2 billion Euros aid over the next three years  to developing countries. Sudan’s Lumumba DiAping, chair of G-77, the large bloc of developing countries, says the money is insufficient and will breed more mistrust about the EU’s intentions on climate change.  The core of the G-77 criticism is that it does not address the issue of long-term financing.

Lock Horns

Horns locked at COP15

But developing countries experts working specifically on issues related to deforestation and afforestation (REDD) and technology transfer are satisfied with progress on these two fronts.

China versus US: The United States and China lock horns. Waving the red flag to almost all climate change bulls at COP-15 (leaving out a few like Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia), was US chief negotiator Todd Stern who said: “We (US) absolutely recognize our historic role in putting emissions in the atmosphere up there that are there now.  But the sense of guilt or culpability or reparations, I just categorically reject that.”

Todd further got China’s goat by saying China should not expect climate change aid from the US.

China’s response?  Vice foreign minister Ye Hefei on Friday: “I don’t want to say the gentleman (Stern) is ignorant.

I think he lacks common sense where he made such a comment vis-a-vis funds for China. Either lack of  common sense or extremely irresponsible.”

T V Padma, South Asia Regional Coordinator, SciDev.Net


One Response to Battlelines – in the first week

  1. Prosper YEPDI says:

    Being an African living on the continent and following the day-to-day management of public affairs, I am so much favourable to the idea that some compensation money for the effects of climate change should be paid to African governments. Our management record is poor to say the least. Graft is rife and most of our leaders must have already designed a mechanism for the embezzlement of such funds. Thousands of development programmes have been implemented on the continent to no avail.

    Whatever the amount the developped world may transfer to Africa as compensation funds, I am sure it will make no difference in the fate of the continent. I have more confidence in the capability of the rich world managing climate change adaptation and mitigation. I don’t believe that most of the developping world, especially Africa, can make any difference. Our leaders simply view the compensation proposal as a source ao easy cash to mismanage.

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