US Role Questioned In United Nations Climate Talks


In short
In the Run Up to Paris, A Call for the US to Pick Up Its Fair Share of Climate Effort.

Civil society groups observing the final day of the United Nations climate talks in Bonn expressed concern over the United States' role in the climate negotiations prior to the Paris Conference later this year.
Civil society organizations in a statement criticized the Co-Chairs of the negotiations,  Dan Riefsnyder of the United States, and Ahmad Djoghlaf of Algeria, for putting forward a text that "favors the United States and its allies."
The negotiation that have been taking place since Monday involved the consideration of the final draft text of what may form the new Climate Change agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
Observers are worried that President Obama and his administration are downgrading the global climate rules that apply to the rich countries, while shifting the burden to developing countries.
Concerns came to a head earlier this week in Bonn when the US Co-Chair and his Algerian counterpart presented a text that was widely condemned by developing countries and civil society groups as "lopsided".
According to Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, a network of over 1000 groups in 45 African countries: "While ordinary people are facing worsening impacts such as Hurricane Patricia in Mexico and Typhone Koppu in the Philipines, the US is leading the wealthier countries in an effort to weaken the rules for developed countries, undermining international climate policy."
"President Obama received a Nobel Prize for his contributions in international affairs, including climate change, on the promise that he would take us forward toward a just and safe future.  Obama's legacy is on the line if he takes us backwards, dismantling decades of established international climate law," said Mwenda.
 Lidy Nacpil, Coordinator of the Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development said Climate finance could be the deal breaker at the Paris climate talks and it is time for the United States and other developed countries to stop cooking the books and come forward with some real money to address climate solutions.
HIndou Oumarou Ibrahim of the Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee said the United States is the main opponent of measures in the UN climate talks to address the adverse impacts experienced by the most vulnerable people including indigenous people around the world.
He said the  US is among the strongest opponents of strong measures in the new climate agreement to protect the vulnerable people.