Developing world threatens battle on drafts

  • Date: 16/12/09

COP15 News: African countries, Brazil, China, South Africa and India say they have produced a default proposal to be used only if rich countries try to shortcut UN-led negotiations in Copenhagen.

At the ongoing UN conference on climate change, COP15, a group consisting of African countries plus the BASIC block – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – have drawn up a text for a new global agreement.However, the text is only “ready in the wings (…) if any of the other groups springs a surprise draft (…) then the G-77 (Group of 77, representing most of the world’s developing countries) would put out this text,” the Hindustan Times reports, quoting India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh:

“We are holding it (…) if there is a “Danish” we will produce “ABASIC”,” the minister says.

By a “Danish” the minister hints at a draft text allegedly produced by the Copenhagen conference’s host last week, claimed to favor developed countries.”ABASIC” is an acronym combining an A for Africa with BASIC, which is an informal group consisting of Brazil, South Africa, India and China.

In another interview Jairam Ramesh indicates that the default text may never be released, as the negotiations are already hampered by too many drafts:

“I think the way the (UN) working groups are functioning is not conducive to creating any form of consensus. Right now I’m really confused. If you want to maintain your sanity, don’t look at drafts,” Mr. Ramesh tells Bloomberg.

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