Copenhagen stumbles on second day

Feature Story - 2009-12-09
Developing countries, including China, are angry about a leaked document which, they say, allows developed countries to shirk the necessary emissions cuts to stop climate change. What does this mean for a Copenhagen deal? and Greenpeace ads in Copenhagen airport calling on world leaders to secure a fair, ambitious and binding deal at the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

Denmark, which drafted the leaked document, says it was just one of a number of working documents, is over two weeks old, and shouldn't be taken seriously.

But the G77 group of developing countries which includes China, responded by saying: "The text robs developing countries of their just and equitable and fair share of the atmospheric space. It tries to treat rich and poor countries as equal."

Greenpeace believes that the document resembles a plan for a 'greenwash' outcome.

It is unacceptable and a totally wrong approach.

The Danish Presidency must change its strategy and focus on solving the crunch issues under the Kyoto Protocol negotiations which legally binds developed countries to emissions cuts under the UN.

The leaked draft specifies a plan to give US$10 billion a year from 2012 to developing countries to mitigate against climate change - an amount, the G77 says, falls way short of what is needed.

"Ten billion dollars will not buy developing countries' citizens enough coffins," scoffed Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, a Sudanese diplomat and G77 spokesperson, according to media.