By Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre
A big battle is taking place at the UN climate conference in Doha. In the first week of the two-week meeting, the developed countries have made it clear they want to close down the working group that has been the main negotiating forum on climate change actions without its having completed its work.
Moreover, the other main group, which negotiates on the Kyoto Protocol, made little progress. While developing countries are adamant that the remaining developed-country Parties in this protocol commit to ambitious emissions cuts, the latter are sticking to very low targets and with uncertainty on how legally binding the KP outcome will be.
Midway through this year’s Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Climate Convention (UNFCCC), the battle lines seem to have hardened, and the outcome on the final day on 7 December is very uncertain.
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