UN Climate Change Process Also In Trouble

The shape of what is to replace the Kyoto Protocol is looking increasingly unclear.  The current UN climate change Ministerial meeting has not delivered anything like the progress hoped by some.  This means that next year’s meeting in Copenhagen is also likely to undershoot expectations.  The shape of, and timing for,  final agreement being reached on international rules to replace the current Kyoto rules (which expire at the end of 2012) remain very much in question.  This report from the Christian Science Monitor updates what is going on in Poland and within the EU on its Climate Change policy position

Hopes of laying a solid foundation for a post-Kyoto climate pact in 2009 are diminishing, as representatives from 189 nations gathered in Poznań, Poland, squabble over financing methods.

Delegates met for the two-week COP14 talks held in the western Polish industrial city hope to set the stage for a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocols, which expire in 2012. The details of the new climate pact are set to be agreed upon in December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

But the current talks, which close Friday, are proceeding more slowly than expected, casting into doubt hopes of a comprehensive climate treaty next year: “We’re working under a very tight timeline,” said UN climate chief Yvo de Boer, according to Bloomberg’s Alex Morales. “I don’t think where we are now it is going to be feasible to develop a fully elaborated, long-term response to climate change in Copenhagen.”

Even if the resulting deal from Poznań lacks specifics, says Mr. de Boer, it could still give participants something to work with. “My sense is that we should be careful not to reach too far and achieve nothing,” de Boer told Bloomberg. “What we need to reach in Copenhagen is clarity on the key political issues so that everything after Copenhagen is settling the details and not negotiating fundamentals.”

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