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World-wide network of NGOs write their own treaty

June 8, 2009
Worldwide network of NGOs proposes their own treaty
A worldwide network of non-governmental organizations organized over the past eight months to write an entire legal text that they propose could serve as the treaty signed by all UNFCCC countries in Copenhagen in December. It’s an 82-page legal text with a 60-page summary. It’s impressive that all these NGOs with such a diversity of interests could coordinate and compromise (hint, hint to the delegation teams) to author this document. If you want to see what a proposed UN treaty looks like, check it out.
I asked one of the presenters about the requirements of developing countries, emerging economies, and developed nations, respectively in the proposal. In their proposed treaty text, developed countries would have legally binding target percentages and would reduce their total emissions by __% from 1990 levels by as a group. Developing countries would achieve reductions through support from developed countries with emission offsets verified by a reformed UN branch, the Clean Development Mechanism.

T discussing with CAN presenter

Over the past eight months, a world-wide network organized the writing of a legal text of an ideal Copenhagen treaty that they propose could be signed by all UNFCCC members in December. This afternoon, they presented the treaty and held a Q&A at a side event. In an unprecedented demonstration of energy and enthusiasm by both NGO members and delegates, the audience applauded after each section of the text was presented. On the other hand, in a typical show of poor cell phone etiquette, there were 33 audible cell phone rings during the 90-minute session.

The ‘ideal’ treaty surely won’t be signed in current form, but it provides a clear, uniform voice from the international NGO community for the delegation teams to consider. Personally, I’m impressive that all these NGOs with their diversity of interests could coordinate and compromise (hint, hint to the delegation teams) to produce this document.

I asked one of the presenters about the requirements of developing countries, emerging economies, and developed nations in the proposal. In their proposed treaty, developed countries would have individual, legally binding targets that would lead to a 95% group reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. Developing countries would have a group aim, but would achieve “nationally appropriate,” voluntary reductions with support from developed countries. That’s the very simplified story. They also provided an outline of an entirely new governance structure–the Copenhagen Climate Facility.

For highlights from proposal, see the article on Reuters India and AFP.

-Taylor

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. dilmusic permalink
    June 8, 2009 8:12 pm

    wow that is good news and an awesome step forward!

    -Dil Smith

  2. the artist formerly known as "mad dog" permalink*
    June 11, 2009 11:10 pm

    Good to see the Taylor explaining and questioning hands are hard at work in Bonn as well.

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