United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, is trying to repair the many rifts caused by a leaked draft agreement that would give the primary powers of policy decision to a handful of the world’s richest nations. Poorer countries that have contributed insignificant amounts of greenhouse gasses per person are furious that they may not have a voice in the moves ahead. Although the draft was vague on details, you can read it here, it has created fears of consolidation of power.
The developing nations of the UN are split yet again. Smaller nations, especially island nations facing the highest current costs of global warming, are demanding a tough legally binding deal with much tougher standards than the Kyoto protocol. Larger developing nations fear such radical cuts, because they are in the process of modernizing and therefore require a general increase in emissions to keep up with the steady growth of their countries.
Keep in mind, the Kyoto Protocol created an Adaption Fund in 2001 to help poor nations cope with the negative effects of climate change. It wasn’t actually an active functioning program until 2007, and it appears no one has really seen a dime. In fact, the only cash spent so far, was 7 million to create the program. “We knew there would be quite a long lead time but nobody expected it would take eight years to set up,” says Artur Runge-Metzger, the European Commission’s chief climate change negotiator.
With most eyes on the world’s biggest countries, it appears the leagues of smaller nations may be the ones that need the coddling.