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The Rigged Game of Climate Talks

Posted on Dec 3, 2010

The nonprofit responsible for the report is UNfairplay, a group that fights for the Third World in U.N. climate talks.

An NGO report has found that key U.N. climate negotiations are institutionally biased against poorer nations, specifically that underdeveloped countries are less able to send delegates to meetings and often cannot understand what is being discussed at the talks. —JCL

The Guardian:

The UN climate negotiations are weighted heavily against the poorest countries, who cannot send delegates to key meetings, often do not understand what is being said and are unable keep up with the decisions being taken in their name, a report by an NGO that promotes fairness in the negotiations has found.

While rich countries have sent more than 150 delegates each to Cancún, more than half of the countries in the world have fewer than five representatives, with 26 countries having only one or two. For every 100m people living in Africa there are three negotiators—the equivalent figure for the EU is 6.4.

According to the report, based on research by campaign group UNfairplay, countries must be at as many as six meetings at the same time to follow the talks which are “cryptic”, “untransparent” and “opaque”.

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By gerard, December 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

From Mother Jones—“Wikileaks: US Manipulated Climate Agreement” by Damian Carrigan, 12/3/10 “Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage. 
  “The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial “Copenhagen accord”, the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.
  “Negotiating a climate treaty is a high-stakes game, not just because of the danger warming poses to civilisation but also because re-engineering the global economy to a low-carbon model will see the flow of billions of dollars redirected.
Seeking negotiating chips, the US state department sent a secret cable on 31 July 2009 seeking human intelligence from UN diplomats across a range of issues, including climate change. The request originated with the CIA. As well as countries’ negotiating positions for Copenhagen, diplomats were asked to provide evidence of UN environmental"treaty circumvention” and deals between nations.
  “But intelligence gathering was not just one way. On 19 June 2009, the state department sent a cable detailing a “spear phishing” attack on the office of the US climate change envoy, Todd Stern, while talks with China on emissions took place in Beijing. Five people received emails, personalised to look as though they came from the National Journal. An attached file contained malicious code that would give complete control of the recipient’s computer to a hacker. While the attack was unsuccessful, the department’s cyber threat analysis division noted: ‘It is probable intrusion attempts such as this will persist.’”

Shows clearly what “third world” countries are up against.  Be sure to watch Amy Goodman’s programs during the coming “climate summit.”

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By rico, suave, December 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

“While rich countries have sent more than 150 delegates each to Cancún” (!!!!)

Tough duty I must say.

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By Jo, December 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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And this is surprising? The stacks are against poor
nations yet they are the ones suffering the most due to
bad policies but we continue to blame it on bad
dictators. One word “Copenhagen”, see how that turned
out? For the west, it was a success but for the poorer
nations…they’re still suffering the effects of
climate change.

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