China, India Oppose Foreign Climate Oversight

  • Date: 05/12/09

Reuters: China and other major emerging economies will not allow international supervision of their actions to slow climate change to be part of a deal at UN talks in Copenhagen, a top Indian delegate said on Friday.

Giving details of a common front by China, India, Brazil and South Africa at the meeting beginning next Monday, he also said the four opposed global goals for limiting climate change, except for the target of curbing warming to a maximum 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

“This is more a framework document that is available for negotiation,” according to the top delegate, who has intimate knowledge of the proposal for the Dec. 7-18 negotiations.

“The developing world is seeking an alternate architecture” for a new climate deal, he said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said the four nations would only agree to international supervision of their actions to slow climate change when they depended on donor money or technology — such as imported wind turbines or solar panels.

Otherwise, supervision would be done by each nation.

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