Progress At UN Climate Change Talks Being Blocked By Major Emitters: BBC

Attempts are being made to block progress at the COP25 meeting in Madrid which has angered delegates from developing countries set to participate in the meeting, claimed a report by the BBC.

The blocking actions of some large emitters was responsible for the meeting not being able to find agreement on a range of issues, one of the negotiators reportedly told BBC.

Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India and China were “part of the problem”, said Carlos Fuller from Belize. There was a serious risk of failure at the talks, said other observers, reported the BBC.

The high-end negotiations that will determine the final outcome of this conference in Madrid is being attended by ministers from all over the world.

The realities of politics and entrenched positions had clashed directly with the hopes of an ambitious declaration at COP25 even as a huge demonstration was on the streets of the Spanish capital last Friday to protest climate change. The primary goal of the meeting is to “raise ambition” so that the plan that is set out by the participants and put on the table by the end of next year will push member countries to commit to new ambitious targets over tackling of climate change.

However the BBC claimed that some major emitters are already showing signs about their intentions and efforts to bring down the scope of the ambitions that could otherwise have been achieved at the Madrid meeting.

“There’s an effort right now to block the words ‘climate urgency’ in text from Brazil and Saudi Arabia, saying we haven’t used these words before in the UN, so we can’t use them now,” said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International.

“This gap between what’s happening on the outside and what’s happening in the science, and this ‘UN speak’ that won’t react and drive something is very frustrating.”

Agreement on non-contentious questions was being limited by the obstinacy of some countries, reported the BBC quoting some negotiators at the meeting,

“I am very disturbed and angry,” said Carlos Fuller, the chief negotiator for the small island developing states group of countries. “At 2.30 this morning we couldn’t agree to continue working on a transparency framework, that tells the world what each country is doing, we couldn’t agree to keep working on it. That is ridiculous”

According to the BBC report, efforts were made by Brazil, China, India and Saudi Arabia to urge the meeting to reexamine the actions against climate change by the richer countries that were supposed to have been completed before 2020 and include this as a part of the overall agreement at the Madrid meeting. This, according to the BBC, caused a good deal of anger among the other negotiators.

Very little progress can be made if these major emitting countries decide to push for such types of backward focus, Carlos Fuller says.

“They are part of the problem, they are looking too much backward to say that the developed countries have not done what they should have done and hence we are not going to do the same thing. I disagree with that totally. We are all on this one planet together. We need to recognize the mistakes of the past and not replicate them.”

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