This blog is not intended to provide or spread any other opinion than, “be sensible about what you read and who wrote it.”
It is just that I am very aware about what is happening to our Planet that I provide you with a few quotes from different organisations on the results of the negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar (COP18). The conference ended yesterday, one day later than foreseen, because the Parties (UN member states) had some problems to agree upon a final outcome text.
Samantha Smith, leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative:
Some developed countries have made a mockery of the negotiations by backing away from their past commitments and refusing to take on new ones. And to make matters worse, it was only a handful of countries – such as Poland, Russia, Canada, the US and Japan – who held the negotiations to ransom.
The acid test for these negotiations was real emissions cuts; real and concrete financial commitments for climate change; and the basis for a new global deal by 2015 that is both ambitious and equitable. But instead we got a shamefully weak deal, one that is so far away from the science that it should raise ethical issues for those responsible.
Read the press release of World Wildlife Fund (WWF Global) here.
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International:
Where is the urgency? The pace of progress is glacial. The inability of governments to find common ground to combat a common threat is inexplicable and unacceptable. It appears governments are putting national short term interest ahead of long term global survival.
The US remains outside the Kyoto Protocol, and its delegation came to Doha and immediately launched into blocking progress on nearly every front. Despite the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and polls showing majority support for climate policy, Obama's team exhibits no improvement from previous COPs. With his administration’s subsidies of fossil fuel export that could negate domestic carbon pollution reduction, President Obama’s legacy could turn out to be no better than his predecessor’s.
Read the press release of Greenpeace International here.
Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of the Conference of Parties (COP):
Doha has opened up a new gateway to bigger ambition and to greater action - the Doha Climate Gateway. Qatar is proud to have been able to bring governments here to achieve this historic task. I thank all governments and ministers for their work to achieve this success. Now governments must move quickly through the Doha Climate Gateway to push forward with the solutions to climate change.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
I congratulate the Qatar Presidency for managing a complex and challenging conference. Now, there is much work to do. Doha is another step in the right direction, but we still have a long road ahead. The door to stay below two degrees remains barely open. The science shows it, the data proves it.
Read the press release of United Nations Environment Programme here.
A more objective view should be provided by Reuters. So, let's have a look at some quotes from a recent article published on Reuters' website:
Kieren Keke, foreign minister of Nauru, who fears his Pacific island state could become uninhabitable:
Much much more is needed if we are to save this process from being simply a process for the sake of process, a process that simply provides for talk and no action, a process that locks in the death of our nations, our people, and our children.
Denmark's Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard:
It's clear to me that this process is the only global framework we have and since this is a global problem, it has to be addressed globally. But obviously, this can't stand alone. Nations can't continue to hide behind the process. There's a direct link between what we deliver at home and here. We desperately need to combine action by regions, municipalities, citizens with this global approach. That is becoming more and more evident.
Read the Reuters article from December 9 here.
So, draw your own conclusion on what really has been achieved there in Doha!