by nathan thanki
The minarets are blaring. A prayer might be all we have left. It's 5am on Saturday morning and a rag-tag bunch of rabble rousers are scattered across various benches in a temporary tent-come-food-court that we've named "westaurant."
It's been a long night – one of frustration, confusion, and every negotiating tactic under the sun (or moon!)
The details of what was said, when, can be found with a quick excavation of our twitter feed. But basically, the Long Term Cooperative Action working group (LCA) met, only for the Saudi chair to immediately send the document through for consideration by the COP. There were many statements from both developing countries and developed countries condemning the text. But for very different reasons. Developing countries were blocking because they see nothing in the text that represents their interests or positions. Developed countries are blocking because, as usual, they want more.
From BBC News:
Science & Environment
7 December 2012 Last updated at 15:58 GMT
'Hot-air' release at Doha climate talks dispels tension
by Bogdan Zymka
The clock is winding down in Doha and as the negotiations press on, the blank ivory pages under finance in the LCA have burned into our pupils like the setting Doha sun. So far, the only financial support that has been pushed through the text is more market mechanisms, despite major opposition from the developing world. Markets run on a profit motive, not a climate motive, when you put money as the primary target, ambition falls to the wayside.
Developed parties have constantly re-iterated their previous commitments of 100bn by 2020 and their massive successes with the Fast-Start Finance (FSF), a target of 30bn in climate finance from 2010 to 2012. 30bn in two years seems like a feat, and if it were any good, a great model for the future of climate finance. The problems come to light with a closer examination of the FSF period and whether it follows the mandates for climate finance.
cross posted from pusheurope.eu
Dear Commissioner Hedegaard,
by Trudi Zundel
The last few nights at COP are characteristically grim. Ministers have arrived and Parties have been in closed sessions for two straight days. Negotiations have been in a deadlock for a week and a half—North and South are fundamentally opposed on most major issues. This is the time when the powerful players begin to throw their weight and influence over the process in earnest, and we at Earth in Brackets are biting our nails waiting for the developed countries to show their hand: what kind of a backroom deal are they waiting to drop on us?
In the midst of that lull, civil society groups large and small are sounding the alarm on the state of the talks. The “big greens”—Greenpeace, Oxfam, Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid, ActionAid, and WWF—released a joint statement declaring the state of talks a "disaster"; southern grassroots movements have plastered the convention center with their open plea to ministers; and youth are rallying behind the red lines of the Philippines and other developing countries in escalating (approved…) actions over the past three days.
In the lead up to the final show-down, I think it is vital to understand just how high the stakes of a bad outcome are. Each year, developing countries and civil society come back fighting for a just climate deal, and each COP produces outcomes that move farther and farther away from that goal. The deal we need is not politically possible in Doha, but a bad outcome here could close the door on a just deal in the future.