Copenhagen day three: Leaked draft text increases North-South divide

The leaked draft text has greatly upset delegates from developing countries, Left Foot Forward reports live from the climate change summit.

A leaked draft text for the Copenhagen Climate Deal shook the negotiations yesterday. The ‘Danish draft’ would have forced developing countries to commit to emission reduction targets and have adaptation finance tied to these commitments – two things the developing world has consistently rejected.

Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the Sudanese lead negotiator for the G77/China group, which speaks for 132 developing countries, led the cries of foul play. He met with over 50 African youth, breaking down as he explained how his group was being kept out of negotiations. This led to a large number of young Africans blocking a corridor surrounded by cameras as they chanted:

“Two degrees is suicide!”

Many inside the conference see the leak as another nail in the coffin for a legally binding treaty. Oscar Reyes from Carbon Trade Watch said:

“Just as significant is what the text does not include. There are no numbers on long-term financing, and there is no suggestion that these will be forthcoming in Copenhagen.

“The only figure offered is a projection of $10 billion per year of “fast start finance”, a scaled-down version of a plan first presented by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in late November.”

However, Andrew Light from the Center for American Progress took the ‘Danish leak’ to be part of a traditional negotiating pattern, calling Di-Aping’s reaction:

“Pure spin worthy of our best spinmeisters in D.C.”

He also pointed out that the text is weeks out of date and is part of a pattern of negotiating tactics used by Di-Aping since he started his present role last August.

UPDATE 3:10

The latest “Fossil of the Day” award goes to Ukraine – for having the worst target in the entire world, 20 per cent below 1990 levels, or, in other words, 75 per cent above today’s levels – a massive rise!

They also came third for buying carbon credits of Japan.

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