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Developed nations blamed for failure to agree on climate talks agenda

A group of NGOs on Friday condemned developed countries for selecting some agendas that would benefit only their interests, ignoring what should actually be done to save the planet from climate change.

"We are struggling against the agendas that have been already set by the developed countries. If we have a very narrow agenda, we'll have a weak agreement in Durban," Lim Li Lin from The Third World Network told a press briefing during the climate change meeting in Bangkok.

After four days of meeting, participants still could not reach agreement on the agenda that will set the tone for the next meetings. The Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) will be held in Durban, South Africa, in December this year.

The mission of the meeting is to set the agenda for the following talks on climate change.

Lim said the agendas that are put forward by the Annex I nations and the U.S. only reflects interests of the "rich developed countries."

The Annex I nations are classified as industrialized countries and countries with economies in transition.

"It is really sick to close down the entire Bali Action Plan and instead selectively selected some elements of the Cancun agreement for the discussion this year," Lim said.

The Bali Roadmap, including the Bali Action Plan, was adopted by the participating nations to the UN climate change meeting in Bali, Indonesia in 2007. The action plan includes the Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG- LCA) negotiations, the launch of the adaptation fund, the scope and content of the Kyoto Protocol, as well as decisions on technology transfer and on reducing emissions from deforestation.

According to the report by the Third World Network and its alliance, developing countries see AWG-LCA, mostly addressing " easier issues," as the foundation to implement the Bali Action Plan. However, for the developed countries, most of them are trying to take a narrow view that discussion should only focus on some issues covered in Cancun.

"Among other things, they want to shut down negotiations to avoid discussing the adequacy and comparability of their efforts," the report says.

The sixteenth session of Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the fourteenth AWG-LCA, as well as workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements, took place April 5-8 in Bangkok, Thailand.

"We know what scientists tell us to do; we know that we have to at least make an effort to save the planet. Instead, the developed countries just say let's have conversation of what is around the wheel. I'm sorry but that's not good enough," Asad Rehman, from Friends of the Earth said.

Source:Xinhua
Date:Apr 13,2011