Friends of the Earth Reports from Poland
Karen Orenstein, International Finance Coordinator, and Kate Horner, International Climate and Energy Campaigner, report from Poznan, Poland, where they are working to influence the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Read their reports below, describing Friends of the Earth's work for a just and effective global climate deal, which would secure emissions reductions commitments from industrialized countries and funding for developing countries to acquire clean technology, adjust to climate impacts, and protect forests.
December 19, 2008: Wrap-up of the climate talks
United Nations climate talks in Poznan, Poland ended last week in nothing but deep disappointment. Developed (or Annex I) countries failed to commit to the deep greenhouse gas emission cuts needed by 2020. They failed to deliver on their obligation to provide finance and technology for developing (or non-Annex I) countries to enable them to develop along a low carbon, clean energy pathway and to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change caused by rich countries.
December 12, 2008: Disappointing Inaction by Industrialized Countries at the Climate Talks
Friends of the Earth International came to Poznan hoping that industrialized countries would signal to the world that they would commit to steep emission reductions without offset loopholes and to finance developing country mitigation and adaptation. Thus far, they have failed dismally to live up to these most basic obligations. As the talks come to a close today, the outlook for the intense year of negotiating ahead seems nothing short of dire.
We are thoroughly disappointed with the outcomes of the talks thus far, and worry that a post-2012 agreement could finance socially and environmentally damaging practices, sell off tropical forests, and undermine rights to allow annex-1 countries to continue business as usual pollution.
The responsibility for the lack of achievement here in Poznan falls squarely on the shoulders of the rich industrialised Annex I countries, who after 16 years are still failing to take the climate crisis seriously and realize their obligations under the convention. We saw that Annex I countries are spending the majority of precious negotiating time crafting get-out-clauses, loop holes ad offsetting schemes at the expense of agreeing to genuine means and measures to reduce industrial, transport and lifestyle emissions globally.
December 11, 2008: No Details Yet in Climate Talks
Guest Blog: ActionAid's Ilana Solomon
After the first week of UN climate negotiations in Poznan, Poland (the fourteenth Conference of Parties, known as COP 14) it is clear that there is one thing missing from the discussions – the details.
Current UN climate negotiations are moving towards a new global treaty for climate change. ActionAid and many of our partners from around the world insist that the global deal must set steep commitments for developed countries to lower their emissions; that it require them to dedicate new, predictable, and substantial resources to help communities in the developing world adapt to the impacts of climate change; and that it compel rich countries transfer clean technologies to help contain the emission of emerging economies and to assist with sustainable development in poor countries.
December 10, 2008: World Bank out of Climate
Stilt-walking World Bankers with giant hands, outstretched with pieces of coal! Terrified trees and petrified polar bears fleeing in fright. Shouts of “World Bank, climate criminals” reverberate through the cold air. A Polish samba band plays on… Sound interesting? That was the scene of our World before Bank action on the campus of the UNFCCC conference on Tuesday morning.
December 10, 2008: Indigenous Rights Threatened at Climate Talks
In the final day of negotiations over proposed decision text for REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation), deep divisions arose over proposed language to ensure the protection of indigenous peoples and local communities. The United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand opposed the inclusion of any language recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities as well as any references to other relevant international standards, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The specific recognition of indigenous peoples rights was strongly supported by many including Bolivia, the European Union, Norway, Mexico, Switzerland and others. The final draft text only noted the importance of indigenous peoples’ participation.
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