Cancun Climate Change Confab unlikely to produce binding agreementIndonesia
The 16th UN climate change conference scheduled for Nov 29-Dec 10 in Cancun, Mexico, is likely to find it hard to produce a legally binding agreement, the Indonesian president`s special envoy for climate change said.
"It is unlikely to achieve a realistically binding agreement in Cancun," Rachmat Witoelar said at the National Climate Change Council (DNPI) here on Thursday.
It will be difficult to achieve a binding agreement at the meeting now that developed nations are skeptical of climate change in the third round of climate change meeting in Bonn, Germany, last week, he said.
"The skepticism of climate change will make an excuse for developed nations not to adopt a binding agreement. As a matter of fact, the Bali Road Map clearly states that Annex (Kyoto Protocol) nations must assist non Annex countries," he said.
Therefore, he added, Indonesia has offered compromise in a series of international meetings on climate change including the recent meeting held in Bonn, Germany.
The concept of compromise requires developed nations to reduce carbondioxide emissions and provide assistance to developing countries while at the same time developing countries voluntarily reduce their carbondioxide emissions, he said.
"Developing countries such as South Africa and Brazil have thrown their weight behind the compromise offered by Indonesia," he said.
UN Secretary General for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres also has joined developing nations in supporting the concept of compromise, he said.
Rachmat said he, along with supporters of the concept will pressure developed nations into agreeing on the pillars of agreement that may lay a basis for the adoption of legally binding agreement at the Cancun meeting.
The pillars of agreement concern fast track financing from developed nations climate change mitigation and adaptation, technological transfer and implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation.
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