Africa: Climate Change – `Perhaps We Should Just Sign`

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Africa: Latest News
Servaas van den Bosch
8 June 2010

Countries are quietly signing up to the Copenhagen Accord, but commitments on emissions cuts and funding remain unclear.

“We have to decide by this Sunday whether we sign the Copenhagen Accord, or not. If we don’t, we have no access to the 30 billion dollar quick startup fund,” Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula told a gathering of businessmen in Windhoek at the end of January. “Perhaps we should just take it.’

Angula was wrong on the first point: faced with a less than enthusiastic response from the 194 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its executive secretary, Yvo de Boer, dropped the Jan. 31 deadline long before Angula’s predicament arose.

That nobody in the Namibian government seemed to be [continue reading]

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