The Stage is Set for Climate Talks Failure


The stage for the failure of climate talks has been set long before the 17th Conference of Parties (COP) in Durban, South Africa. The United States, the only industrialized country that refused sign the Kyoto Protocol, succeeded in making the 15th COP in Copenhagen, Denmark fail to issue a global climate deal that could address global warming and climate change. In the Copenhagen Accord and Cancun Agreement, the total carbon emissions cut pledged by capitalist countries are much lower than the pledge made by developing countries. Continue reading

African Anger at European Calls for A ‘New Mandate’, Civil society groups attack ‘Durban Mandate’ proposal as a ‘great escape’

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – Today – Civil society leaders from across Africa, with support from global movements, launched a letter to climate negotiators that warns that focusing on launching a new mandate at the Durban talks risks backtracking  on promises to the poor and the planet. Continue reading

Divergent Views on Market Approaches

Durban, 5 Dec (Payal Parekh) – The Informal group on various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long Term Action (AWG-LCA) met on 5 December to discuss the amalgamation text of 3 December. Continue reading

Waste Pickers Tout Only Truly Green Solution to Municipal Waste, Decry Dirty Energy

Durban, December 5, 2011 – Waste pickers attending COP17 today called for a Green Climate Fund with direct community access and an end to CDM “waste-to-energy” projects. Representatives from three continents highlighted the fact that waste pickers are the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the waste sector. Continue reading

Deep divide over legal form

Durban, 2 Dec (Meena Raman) – Parties in the informal group on “legal options” for the form of the agreed outcome under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWGLCA) under the UNFCCC were divided over form of the legal outcome. Continue reading

US-EU disagreement over addressing mitigation gap

Durban, 1 Dec (Meena Raman) – Disagreements arose between the United States and the European Union on the issue of addressing the mitigation gap in the informal group meeting on mitigation commitments of developed countries under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) held on 30 November. Continue reading

G77 and China calls for fair and equal treatment of issues

Durban, 30 Nov (Meena Raman) – The Group of 77 and China called for a fair and equal treatment of issues on the agenda of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWGLCA) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Continue reading

Deep disagreements as Kyoto Protocol talks begin

Durban, 30 Nov (Lim Li Lin) – The Ad hoc Working Group on further commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) opened its session in Durban on 29 November with strong calls by developing countries to adopt a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and not allow Durban to be the Kyoto Protocol’s burial ground, but instead the birthplace of the second commitment period. Continue reading

The African Group and Durban: The United African Position at UN Climate Talks

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Durban, South Africa, between 28 November and 9 December 2011, represents a critical moment in the international climate change negotiations. Continue reading

Climate Justice Groups Call for Binding Deep and Drastic GHG Emissions Cuts by Developed Countries

Civil society organizations from different countries and regions gathered at the “Speakers’ Corner” near the International Convention Center to demand that governments in the climate talks renew binding agreements for developed countries and commit to ambitious targets for “deep and drastic GHG emissions cuts” immediately. Continue reading