Fossil of the Day Awards – Bonn – June 6, 2011

7 June 2011

Bonn, Germany, June 6, 2011

The Climate Action Network (CAN), a coalition of over 600 NGOs worldwide, gives out two ‘Fossil of The Day’ awards to the countries who perform the worst during the past days negotiations at the UN climate change conference.

The awards given out on June 6, 2011 in Bonn, Germany were as follows:

First place fossil goes to Saudi Arabia for using their pet issue of response measures to thwart the urgent need for progress.

The Saudi’s brought the SBI to a halt by reneging on the Bali Action Plan and the Cancun Agreements which clearly separate response measures from adaptation, seeking to hold the entire process hostage to its oily self interest.

As the world struggles to feed itself, island nations are faced with threats to their survival and scientists’ revelations that the arctic is melting faster than expected – now is not the time to revert to old, discredited tactics to block progress.

About the fossils:

The Fossil-of-the-day awards were first presented at the climate talks in 1999, also in Bonn, initiated by the German NGO Forum.

During United Nations climate change negotiations (, members of the Climate Action Network (CAN), a worldwide network of over 600 non-governmental organisations, vote for countries judged to have done their ‘best’ to block progress in the negotiations in the last days of talks.

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