Developing countries worried about possible weak outcome of Doha climate talks
05 December 2012, SIMBA Radio
Posted by Emma Okella
The ministerial high level segment of the UN climate change conference started (Tuesday) in Doha on a slippery note as battle lines are drawn between developing and wealthy countries over extension of the commitment period for the Kyoto protocol as well as the green climate fund.
Developing nations fear that the Kyoto Protocol could be in danger of collapse while there’s similar concern over a seeming stalemate on mobilization of 100 billion dollars, a year by 2020, promise developed countries pledged three years ago.
The 1997 protocol expires at the end of this year. Host country-Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have approved extension of the protocol, which not only oblige developed nations to cut their emissions but also create global carbon-trading mechanisms.
About 30 European nations and Australia have shown signals indicating their willingness to take on new targets under Kyoto by January next year. But four developed countries including Japan, Canada, Russia and New Zealand have backed out of the 1997 Protocol and will not be bound to emissions cuts after December 31. The United States never signed the protocol.
Uganda’s minister for water and Environment Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu faults developed countries for dragging their feet on a global catastrophe that needs emergency attention.
"Climate change is already frustrating lives, yet we just keep moving from one meeting to the other, with sugar coated pledges and commitments that never materialize. It’s really embarrassing" he lamented in an interview at the sidelines of the talks.
"There are no signs of meaningful initial capitalization of the fund because not a single coin that we could use to finance the needs of developing countries has been given" said Phillips Wairungi, a veteran negotiator from Tanzania.