Developing Countries Urged To Unite As UN Climate Talks Get Going

With climate threats extending beyond global warming to sea-level rise and more severe extreme-weather events such as hurricanes, the moral imperative remains a trump card the developing world can play.

With climate threats extending beyond global warming to sea-level rise and more severe extreme-weather events such as hurricanes, the moral imperative remains a trump card the developing world can play.

As the United Nations climate change talks begin here this week, developing countries, big and small, have been urged to band together to safeguard their collective interests, including secure financing for adaptation.

“Developed countries have managed to get us, as developing countries, to behave as crabs in a barrel so that they can do what they want, which is to turn the Convention [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)] upside down, shift the burden, and change their obligations,” said Dr Mariama Williams, internationally renowned Jamaican economist and senior fellow at the South Centre.

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