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Stop fence-sitting, govt told

The Jakarta Post
Adianto P. Simamora

A group of NGOs has called on the government to stop sitting on the fence in climate forums, saying it must choose whether to defend poor or the rich nations in forging an international treaty to avert global warming.

Indonesia, which won praise for attempts to bridge differences between developing and developed countries in past climate talks, will send a delegation to the UN climate meeting in Cancun, Mexico, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 11.

The Civil Society Forum (CSF) for Climate Justice, which comprises Greenpeace, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam), said the government should no longer promote the “middle way” to end deadlocks in climate talks.

“The middle way is very scary”, CSF coordinator Georgio Indarto said Tuesday. “Indonesia’s position should be clear on whether to take a lead or become a victim”.

The group accused the government of being opportunistic in the global politics of climate change. This attitude, it added, was partly responsible for the failure of the Copenhagen climate meeting to reach a legally binding treaty.

Indonesia promoted the middle way during a 2007 meeting in Bali, which produced the landmark Bali Road Map mandating that a legally binding treaty should be made in Copenhagen.

Indonesia’s chief negotiator at Cancun, Rachmat Witoelar, said offering the middle way did not mean the Indonesian delegation did not espouse a clear agenda at the climate conference. “The middle way is not our main choice. It is to help offer solutions to resolving deadlock”, he said.

Rachmat, who was also President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono special envoy on climate change, said the delegation would next week disclose the country’s agenda for the Cancun meeting.

Indonesia said it hopes the Cancun talks would produce a balanced and fair outcome in which rich nations would be obliged to set out emissions reduction targets, while developing countries would also be asked to take voluntary steps to slash emissions.

Indonesia is the first developing countries to pledge to reduce emissions amid the reluctance of rich nations to do so.

Jakarta promised to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry sector by 26% by 2020, saying it could be extended to 41% if developed countries donated money.

Environment Ministry official Liana Bratasida said she doubted the Cancun talks would result in a legally binding agreement.

Institute for Essential Service Reform (IESR) director Fabby Tumiwa said delegates to Cancun should at least agree on the target for a temperature rise of less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. “The Indonesian position should reflect climate justice forcing developed nations to slash 40% of emissions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels”, he said.

He said Indonesia should also take the lead in pushing developed nations to realize pledges on climate financing and technology transfer to developing nations.

El contenido de las noticias que se presentan en esta sección es responsabilidad directa de las agencias emisoras de noticias y no necesariamente reflejan la posición del Gobierno de México en este u otros temas relacionados.


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