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Civil society groups hit US, co-chairs for delaying climate talks

ActionAid, Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development and LDC Watch

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Civil society groups hit US, co-chairs for delaying climate talks

Call draft Paris agreement “US text”

BONN, Germany, 19 October 2015 – Southern civil society leaders criticized the United States and other developed countries for delaying the climate talks as the last five days of negotiations before the Paris conference begin today.

The co-chairs who were mandated to draft the negotiating text for the Paris deal, have wasted time and money, they said today in a press conference, for excluding the submissions of developing country governments back in Geneva.

"Rich nations have been ignoring the needs of developing nations over and over again. The new text drafted by the co-chairs was another example of highhandedness that is biased towards the interests of the US and other developed countries, leaving behind the needs of the poor and vulnerable,” said Harjeet Singh, Climate Policy Manager at ActionAid.

“If we construct the Paris climate deal on the terms of US and other rich nations, many of the people in the developing world won't survive the impacts of climate change," he added.

“The US co-chairs’ text is proof of the bias of this process for the positions and interests of developed country governments. It is unacceptable,” said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development. “Ambition, the key principle of equity, and means of implementation must clearly be articulated in the text for negotiations if the process is to have any meaning.”

“A one sided draft text produced by the co-chairs in the eleventh hour of the negotiation is evidence of the total domination of the process by the few and powerful,” said Azeb Girmai, climate lead of the LDC Watch. “This nullifies the notion of the fairness of negotiations in the processes of climate regime. The co-chairs are now delaying the process taking us back to where we started. ”

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