Japan and an Anonymous Group of Countries were awarded “Fossil of the Day” by a coalition of more than 600 environmental and youth groups on the third day of UN Climate Talks in Bonn Germany. “Fossil” awards are given to countries judged to have done their ‘best’ to block progress in the negotiations. Below, are excerpts from the media release:
First Place Fossil is awarded to Japan. It is the three-month anniversary since the tragic earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear accident and today Japan reiterated their position to include all technologies in CDM, which includes nuclear energy. Just when Japanese people initiated events to show solidarity and to demonstrate against nuclear energy in more than 100 areas all over Japan, it is hard to understand their position. Did they do not have the time to reflect their position based on this tragic experience? We urge Japan to listen to their own people and come up with a new position right away. Japan can actually lead the discussion and persuade others to exclude nuclear from the CDM!
The second placed fossil goes to ….well we aren’t exactly sure. Flying in the face of enhanced NGO participation, an important focus of this session, and the mantra of transparency, ‘an unknown Party or group of Parties’ approached the Chair to block the valiant efforts of Ambassador De Alba to open the LCA informal on legal issues on Friday afternoon. Not only do we need fair, ambitious and legally binding efforts to save our dear planet, those discussions should take place in an open and transparent manner. Just as we have supported the call for Parties not intending to commit to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol to come clean with their intentions, we expect the same level of transparency with respect to legally binding intentions under the LCA – and that starts with opening the informal to observers. For your non-transparent ways, this Party or group of Parties gets an Anonymous Fossil.
About the authorFlorent Baarsch
Writing on adaptation to climate change. Sometimes blogger @lemondefr following #UNFCCC #climate negotiations.