THE last two weeks of negotiations in Lima have not been dubbed a failure. However, it is widely regarded as not having gone as far as it should have, if a new and substantive international climate change deal is to be successfully brokered in Paris next year.
What has emerged from the talks is a draft decision document characterised by weak language — the adoption process for which has been deemed questionable, given reports there was little or no time given for any objections.
Among other things, the five-page document states that the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “Decides that the protocol, another legal instrument or agree outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties shall address in a balanced manner, inter alia, mitigation adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, and [sic] capacity building, and transparency of action and support”.
This is thanks to a donation of Euro 50 million from Germany, made during the recent international climate talks, held over the last two weeks in Lima, Peru.
The donation puts the AF within US$19 million of its US$80-million fundraising target for this year.
We are now 12 days into the Lima Climate Talks and yet there is no clear sign of any significant progress toward a new international agreement on climate change.
This is despite valiant efforts to the contrary, including an impassioned speech from United States Secretary of State John Kerry, which made it clear Thursday that the issue of climate change “should be personal to everyone” and that “the science of climate change is science and it is screaming at us to act”.
THE POPULAR JAMAICAN ADAGE ‘MONEY MEK THE MARE RUN’ APPEARS TRUE FOR
THE ONGOING CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS IN LIMA, PERU — THE SUCCESS OF WHICH MAY
COME DOWN TO A FIRM DECISION ON FINANCE FOR CLIMATE ACTIONS IN THE