One Minute Intervention at the UNFCCC Intersessionals
Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) Regional Coordinator Lidy Nacpil delivered a one-minute intervention during the Opening Plenary of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex 1 Countries under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Intersessionals in Bonn, Germany on June 7, 2011. The speech is as follows:
Thank you Mr. Chairman. We believe that the solution to climate change is not through "pledges" based on "national circumstances." Global targets cannot be merely the aggregate of individual country pledges. It will be at the very least a mockery of the multilateral process.
More importantly, the current pledges show how disastrous this approach will be for people and the planet. UNEP estimates that existing pledges risk global warming of 2.5 to 5 degrees. The
consequences, especially for the peoples of the South, would be devastating.
In addition, the pledges are grossly inequitable. Analysis revealed in Bangkok shows that the pledges of developing countries are higher than those of developed countries.
Developed countries' proposed targets are too low to meet what science requires, and are accompanied by 'creative accounting' proposals, which result in reductions only on paper. In addition, the extensive use of offsets will see rich countries shift the burden for reducing emissions to developing countries.
This is a critical moment not only for the future of a meaningful multilateral process and for the future of the planet. We urge you to ensure that the outcomes of Bonn, specifically on KP, are directed towards achieving internationally legally binding agreements on deep, drastic emissions cuts through domestic measures by developed countries without conditionalities. There is no acceptable excuse for not arriving at such agreements in Durban.