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Copenhagen : Developing countries resume talk on climate

Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey (right) at the African Minister’s meeting , at the ongoing United Nations Conference onClimate Change (UNFCCC), Copenhagen, Denmark.
Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey (right) at the African Minister’s meeting , at the ongoing United Nations Conference onClimate Change (UNFCCC), Copenhagen, Denmark.

By  Eze Anaba in Copenhagen

The European Union today, says poor countries have stopped their boycott of climate change negotiations at Copenhagen and have found a solution to their dispute with rich nations.

The EU environment spokesman Andreas Carlgren says informal talks at Copenhagen resolved the impasse.

Developing countries brought the negotiations to a halt earlier today with their demand that rich countries offer much deeper cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions.

The move disrupted the 192-nation conference and forced the cancellation of formal working groups, delaying negotiators who are trying to resolve technical issues before the arrival of more than 110 world leaders later this week.

The developing nations were trying to shift the UN talks’ agenda to focus on the responsibilities of the industrial countries to halt global warming.

Before now African countries walked out of the ongoing united nations framework convention on climate change,UNFCCC, following fears that developed countries plan to sabotage the Kyoto agreement which binds the developed countries to a certain level of gas  reduction.

The African countries are claiming that the collapse of the Kyoto protocol is the death of Africa.

The African countries first made the threat through their  negotiators and later the ministers confirmed the withdrawal from the talks at a crowded press conference where they also gave reasons why the developed countries  are  bent on abandoning the Kyoto talks.

The Kyoto protocol was adopted on December 11, 1997 in Kyoto Japan and it entered into force on February 16, 2005. As at November 2009 187 states have ratified the protocol.

The two most notable non-members of the protocol is the United States which is a signatory of the UNFCCC  and was responsible for 36.1% of the 1990 emission levels.

Under the Protocol, 37 industrialized countries (called “Annex I countries”) commit themselves to a reduction of four greenhouse gases (GHG) (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulphur hexa-fluoride) and two groups of gases (hydro-fluorocarbons and per fluorocarbons) produced by them, and all member countries give general commitments.



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