Weak Cancun outcome agreed in face of Bolivia’s opposition

December 11, 2010
by phil
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The talks in Cancun continued overnight and adopted the two new Chairs’ texts in the face of sustained opposition by Bolivia at around 4am Cancun time on Saturday 11th December. The decisions are finally up online: the main Long-term Co-operative Action agreement, the Kyoto Protocol decision and the the full set of decisions. The Guardian followed the process on their live blog.

While many are relieved that something (anything!) has been agreed and that therefore “the multilateral process has been saved,” some less rose-tinted analysis is emerging…

We will post our analysis of the outcome here over the next few days (note: apologies about the delay with this – this is due to illness and pressure of other work).

Our fear was that, as in Copenhagen, no deal may have been preferable to a bad deal. To take one example, read our take on the status of the talks on forest protection (aka REDD) in our post on Thursday below. Over the coming year, countries (especially rich ones) must start to co-operate in pursuit of our shared climate security rather than use strong-arm “diplomacy” in pursuit of their own short-term “national interests”.

Here’s how the release of the final texts was received in the conference hall:

While the conference delegates were cheering, the Youth Delegation were being driven off the site for counting the number of people that had died from climate change since the UN talks in Copenhagen.

Here’s John Vidal talking to Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman earlier today on his take on Thursday:

And here’s an archive of some of our favourite links and briefings for the talks:

And here’s a new video from the youth delegation:

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