Blaming the Others, while You Rest: COP23, Bonn


Now that the climate conference at Bonn, Germany has concluded officially, all eyes are st for the next year’s round of negotiations to be held at Poland. The conference this year got extended by one day, following the trend that has continued from the 2011 and 2014 conferences.

With the global climatic conditions taking a dip and the air quality index in developing countries reaching alarming levels, the governments of the developed countries and the developing world were seen to be at loggerheads this year. With the global shift in temperatures looming round the corner, the chair, Fiji had some real concerns to bring to the table.

The Chinese and Indian representatives also aligned with their agenda as they were deeply motivated by the recent pollution fallout in their respective state capitals and adjoining areas. The conference over the years since the Kyoto Protocol has been growing more complex and rigorous, with the pitch of voices rising from the developing parts of the world, meanwhile the developed world does not intend to undertake their responsibility of being the wiser nations of the civilisation.

This year’s conference¬† has witnessed a very rare phenomena where the developing countries have urged the developed nations through diplomacy to adopt a course that allows the developing countries a sustained share of the natural resources of the earth for their natural evolution.

The US’ withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and withdrawal of funding, has dented the prospects of the global leader assuming a greater role in facilitating a smooth and effective climate control regime, on a global scale.

The states have raised their concerns about the pre-2020 and post 2020 concerns emanating from the Kyoto Protocol, which was amended by the Doha conference and had set sustainable development goals in line with minimised carbon emissions by 2020.

The threat of global warming and alarming levels of pollution triggered by green-house gases has taken the world aback, and they tried to mull a plan whereby the global temperatures could be restored back to the pre-industrialisation era.

The conference has set a tone for the next year’s monitoring group of the pre-2020 commitments, which has not seen strong signals of satisfaction. The diplomatic tactics have often hampered the resolution process in case of disputes among nations.

The fact that governments remain negligent in their regard for the environment has serious implication as of now because there is enough chaos that is being witnessed by the world due to environmental and natural disasters. The developed countries have not performed better than the developing world. The developed nations have tried to put restrictions on the their weaker counterparts, while the developing nations have cried foul over lack of supply of technical know how by the developed world to combat climatic challenges.

The chair, Fiji has proposed the Talanoan dialogue process whereby nobody blames anybody, rather focuses on addressing the issues at hand. The meaningful dialogue process ahs to ensure that the climate goals are reached at the earliest and there remains a balanced world to deal with environmental challenges.

The conference at Bonn, has been productive to an extent that all the nations have been made to accept the reality that there has to be concerted effort and action aimed towards creating a better world for tomorrow.



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