BARCELONA, SPAIN, 6 November 2009 - Rich
countries are deliberately attempting to sidetrack UN climate negotiations
towards a weak, ineffective politically binding agreement in Copenhagen –
rather than fulfilling their legal obligations to agree ambitious new targets
to slash their emissions – at the conclusion of the latest round of UN climate
negotiations in Barcelona, warns Friends of the Earth International.
“We have seen
rich countries continually seeking to ditch emissions targets under the Kyoto Protocol. They are tearing down an existing, legally binding international
framework, which has taken years of negotiation to establish, in an attempt to
wriggle out of their responsibility to cut their emissions first and
fastest," said Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern
Ireland Executive Director Andy Atkins.
must agree to ambitious new targets – of at least 40 per cent by 2020 without
carbon offsetting – under the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol if
we're to have any reasonable chance of avoiding climate catastrophe and
breaking the deadlock in negotiations,” he added.
Friends of the Earth US policy analyst, said: “The US must also take its place alongside other rich
nations in pledging strong emissions cuts. The Obama administration's proposals
for an alternative pledge and review system – where countries would propose
targets for emissions targets – would leave us in the obscene situation of
seeing a race to the bottom to see who can propose the lowest cuts.
delegation was courageous in highlighting that rich countries have blocked
steps at every turn to agree strong, fair and binding targets to slash their
Friends of the Earth International is running
an international petition demanding industrialised countries to turn climate
justice into reality, asking new targets of at least 40 per cent emissions
reductions, without offsetting compared to 1990 levels as well as sufficient
public finance for adaptation and climate protection in the global south. The
world’s people are demanding real action.
For more information visit: www.demandclimatejustice.org