05 Dec '11, 2am

Will Durban extinguish all hope for the planet? - The Online Citizen (blog)

Will Durban extinguish all hope for the planet? - The Online Citizen (blog)

At Copenhagen, meetings were structured to favour developed countries. Due to budget constrains, the delegations from the developing countries were often much smaller than the 100+ contingent that rich countries brought along with them, often amounting to just 2-3 delegates. With simultaneous meetings taking place, it was often the case that the negotiators from the developing countries were not able to keep track of all the pertinent issues that their country had a stake in. Of course, this was advantageous to the former colonial powers as the fewer dissenting voices there were, the easier it was to reach a ‘consensus’ on climate issues. For instance, a negotiator reportedly had to give up a focus on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) to attend a simultaneously taking place meeting on emissions targets.

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