Thursday, December 17, 2009

COP15 Highlights, day 10 - December 16, 2009

As you can see, the chair of the proceedings has changed now. And there's much frustration among delegations over a lack of progress. Where is that blasted text, anyway. Latest New York Times report sums it up, "Hopes Are Fading for Climate Accord at Copenhagen:"
On Monday, African nations briefly brought the climate talks to a standstill. China, by far the largest economic power in the group, has dragged its feet throughout the week by raising one technical objection after another to the basic negotiating text. And on Wednesday night, the group refused to take part in negotiations that conference organizers had hoped would produce a definitive negotiating text by Thursday morning. Instead, many Group of 77 leaders spent the day hurling accusations at wealthier countries.

President Obama and other world leaders have said that the Copenhagen meetings are unlikely to produce a binding treaty; some sort of interim political agreement is far more likely, they said. But few appreciated the depth of anger in the developing world and the height of grandstanding that would consume so much of the conference’s time. Now it is hard to find someone who confidently predicts even that much success.