That the Copenhagen summit did not emerge with a concrete binding solution has led some countries to blame one another. Another fact is that most countries aren’t happy with the weak outcome of the Climate Conference. It consists of a non binding accord between the U.S., China and other emerging states that global warming must be limited to 2° Celsius and that poor nations will be offered funding to make adaptations to climate change, with only scant details.
Some countries believe they have not been dealt with carefully, and that generally the summit wasn’t held democratic. For example Britain accused several states, amongst them China, of hijacking efforts to agree deep cuts in emissions. China then in turn accused Britain of wanting to saw discord amongst emerging economies.
Yvo de Boer, the UN’s top climate change official, told the disputers to stop blaming each other in order to sit down and get the process moving forward. He said it was still possible to reach the legally binding global treaty he aims for.
Even if the summit hasn’t set the necessary mid- and long term limits on greenhouse gas emissions the United Nations say they will take the lead and finish what was started in Copenhagen in Mexico next year.
UN General Assembly President Ali Treki is positive about the attitude of individual states. Most are aware of the dangers and are willing to have a binding agreement in order to save the world.
De Boer said in regard to the disputes between Britain and China, as well as others, that they will have to sit together again to sign such a deal next year in Mexico, and that blaming others won’t help. In order to reach a legally binding treaty the next year should be used to decide its content and determine its legal nature. Even though only 28 nations have signed the Copenhagen Accord de Boer expects more to follow suit. He tells them they still have the opportunity to subscribe and a letter from Copenhagen will remind them of agreed deadlines.
The deadline for rich nations to submit their targets for 2020 is January 31, 2010. By then developing nations are to present their mitigation actions.
Be Boer denies all claims that some countries had hijacked the summit, but rather blamed a lack of understanding for preventing delegates from agreeing a robust climate pact. Well, let’s hope they will overcome this lack of understanding rather sooner than later…