State of play at COP15 – 12/16
by Joshua Schneck -- December 16th, 2009
According to one source, here is what US negotiators are saying about the state of climate negotiations at COP15:
Negotiations are mostly not progressing. Major questions remain unanswered including:
- Do negotiations go forward under two documents? Kyoto plus some new agreement, or does Kyoto get merged into one new treaty?
- Will there be binding commitments by developing countries?
- What is the amount of adaptation aid to developing countries?
- Text reads mostly like a reworking of the Kyoto Protocol: The approach is to use top down targets rather than a ‘bottom-up’ approach relying upon individual country circumstance; developing country requirements are weak.
- US wants to have flexibility for itself, as it works on passing climate legislations domestically. US also wants flexibility for others who may not yet be ready to make a firm commitment.
- At the same time, US negotiators are optimistic. One reason is the large number of heads of state who will be attending (~130) – most of whom do not wish to go back to their constituencies empty-handed.