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[Doha – Qatar] – November 28, 2012 – Half way through the first week of the major climate talks of the year a number of worrying fault lines have emerged which have the potential to derail the Doha negotiations if they are not resolved, NGO experts warned.
The Polish Government – who will today be announced as host of next year's major climate talks - is playing a unique blocking role towards further climate action in Europe which could destabilise the climate talks in Doha.
While other potential flash points have emerged around the successful closure of the LCA track and climate finance.
Anja Kollmuss, from Carbon Market Watch, said the Polish Government was trying to win respect as a climate leader by hosting the COP19 next year, but the truth was they were singlehandedly preventing the European Union from raising its emissions reduction target to 30 per cent and from finalising a long term strategy to deal with climate change.
“The President of the climate talks needs to be able negotiate deals between parties and seal deals but the Polish government has shown it is not capable of this as it has repeatedly been against the wishes of the other 26 EU member states,” she said.
But the Polish Government is also blocking progress in the negotiations in Doha by refusing to agree to the tightening of the rules around pollution permits in the second commitment period of the only legally binding climate deal we have, the Kyoto Protocol.
The Polish Government wants to use pollution permits it did not spend in the first commitment period of Kyoto because it chose a target that was already met several times over, but allowing this would make a joke of Warsaw's commitment to the treaty.
Also under a cloud is the question of whether rich countries will scale up their funding of climate action to developing countries to reach the $100 billion commitment by 2020 and to capitalise the now empty Green Climate Fund.
Oxfam International's Tim Gore said despite economic problems facing many rich countries there were many options still available to them to fund climate action, such as a Financial Transactions Tax (due to be implemented in 12 EU countries next year) or a fair carbon change on the emissions from international aviation and shipping.
“Failure to do this by next week, could see this COP start to unravel,” Gore said.
Mohamed Adow, from Christian Aid, said at this early stage of the talks countries were already adopting unhelpful negotiation tactics around the successful closure of the longterm cooperative action (LCA) track which came out of Bali in 2007 where finance was a key issue.
NGO BRIEFING ON THE NEGOTIATIONS
[Bonn, Germany] Civil society groups attending UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, will host a media briefing, webcast live, on the last day of the negotiations to assess the Bonn outcome.
International experts from NGOs organized in the Climate Action Network (CAN) will discuss the role of different countries in the talks, and the outlook for COP18 in Doha at the end of the year.
The briefing takes place at Room Hayden the UNFCCC conference venue Hotel Maritim in Bonn, on Friday, 25 May, at 12:30 local time (03:30 San Francisco, 06:30 Washington DC, 11:30 London, 13:30 Nairobi, 14:30 Moscow, 16:00 Delhi, 18:30 Beijing, 19:30 Tokyo, 20:30 Sydney)
It will be webcast live at: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/sb36/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=217
NGO experts on the panel will include Tasneem Essop (WWF), Celine Charveriat (Oxfam), and Wael Hmaidan (CAN).
- What: Briefing on the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Durban
- Where: Room Hayden, Hotel Maritim, in Bonn, Germany
- Webcast Live via www.unfccc.int, or at: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/sb36/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=217
- When: 12:30 local Bonn time, Friday, 25 May 2012
- Who: NGO experts on UNFCCC negotiations
About & Contacts:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 600 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. For more information, please go to www.climatenetwork.org and contact CAN International Director Wael Hmaidan, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, local mobile: +49-(0)1603195597
TckTckTck is the public campaign of the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA), and CAN partners. Our shared mission is to mobilize civil society and galvanize public support to ensure a safe climate future for people and nature, to promote the low-carbon transition of our economies, and to accelerate the adaptation efforts in communities already affected by climate change. For more information, please go to www.tcktcktck.org and contact Communications Director Christian Teriete, email: email@example.com, local mobile: +49-(0)15778566968
Wendel Trio, CAN Europe; Wael Hmaidan, CAN International; Niranjali Amerasinghe, CIEL; Time Gore, Oxfam; and Mahlet Eyassu, Forum for Environment Ethiopia made up the CAN panel at the side event.
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