Climate Talks' Moment of Truth
On April 8, as the UN climate talks came to a close, civil society organizations held a press conference with JSAPMDD Regional Committee Member Rex Varona joining the speakers' panel.
The press conference highlighted the heavy-lifting done by developing countries at the talks, including that, in total, developing countries are doing more to reduce emissions than developed countries.
"Rich countries are still refusing to guarantee their commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and their emission cut promises are far away from what is needed in line with science and equity," said Mohamed Adow, Senior Advisor Global Climate Advocacy, Christian Aid.
Lim Li Lin, Senior Kyoto Protocol Analyst of the Third World Network pointed out that in Bangkok it has been developing countries that have come out with a clear vision of how to move forward on all the important issues in the negotiations in order to meet the central goal of the negotiations – emission reductions in line with science and equity.
"Bangkok showed that developing countries understand how to cover 100% of emissions in a legal outcome – and this was agreed to in Bali – a second commitment period of Kyoto, and an outcome under the Convention for developing countries and the United States," she said,
"Now is the moment of truth, particularly for the EU. Will they support this fair proposal and honor their previous commitments under the Kyoto Protocol and the Bali Action Plan?," Lim said.
Rex Varona of JSAPMDD said that rich countries must make strong commitments to higher targets in the second round of the Kyoto Protocol necessary to keep the warming below 1.5 degree Celsius.
"We will continue to mobilize our movement to challenge national governments not to concede to bilateral or narrow vested interests and manipulation of the US and other rich developed countries. Doing so will merely legitimize and put into operation the pledge and review approach which will lead to run away climate change," Varona said.
"This is not simply about the talks or the technical targets. This is about long-term catastrophic climate change and threat to the lives of millions of the South," he concluded.