The COP18 outcome through the eyes of our partners

Since the Doha climate conference concluded on Saturday in an epic final plenary meeting, most actors of the negotiations – from governmental services in the capitals cities to UN agencies and NGOs – have reacted and commented the results of the past two weeks of negotiations. In order to help you make your own mind, we have gathered below a few press releases from some of our partners (CAN, ActionAid, Greenpeace, CIEL, Climate Action Tracker, ITUC)…

Climate Action Network – CAN

CAN labelled the final outcome of the conference as an “extraordinary weak outcome”, failing to deliver adequate mitigation commitments from developed countries or a pathway to increase climate finance by 2020. This absence of concrete proposals to deliver on this promise made in 2009 at the Copenhagen Climate Conference was seen as a betrayal from developed countries. Inspired by the dynamism of the Arab Youth Climate Movement, CAN hopes that people across the world will contribute to build pressure on their governments to take real action on climate change.

ActionAid International
The representatives of ActionAid International pointed at the lack of willingness by rich countries to reduce climate change impacts on vulnerable communities. Rich countries, said ActionAid, fail to both reduce emissions adequately and to provide the financial means for vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change.

Greenpeace International
Greenpeace came out of the Doha conference wondering how governments could keep ignoring the urgency of climate action despite recurrent extreme weather events and called for a stronger sense of solidarity. It highlighted that the lack of ambition had been a shared feature among all major players: from the US to Europe (failing this time to contribute with the leadership that it had provided in the past, siding this time with Poland rather than with vulnerable nations) and to major emerging economies.

CIEL – the Centre for International Environmental Law
Doha offered developed countries an opportunity to show leadership as they adopted new emissions reductions objectives under the Kyoto Protocol and moved forward with the negotiations on a new legal agreement. Developed countries have however failed to do so. The lack of adequate results from the climate negotiations has made it necessary for countries to adopt a mechanisms to address loss and damages resulting from climate change. It also contributes to an increase of interest for climate action outside of the UN framework.

Climate Action Trackers – CAT

The Climate Action Trackers (an initiative of Ecofys, Ecofys, Climate Analytics and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) provides a more scientific assessment of what the emissions reductions pledged in Doha would mean for our climate. CAT assessed the low level of mitigation policies to lead to a warming of at least 3 degrees, despite some positive developments taking place at the margins of the negotiations.

ITUC – the International Trade Union Confederation
Trade Unions came to Doha hoping that the conference will constitute a modest step towards a just transition. ITUC left COP18 disappointed from the lack of ambitious emissions reduction objectives, expressing concerns about the implications of these delays for a just and fair economic transition.