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Tech-transfer finds consensus on all but IPR issue

Text to be presented to high level ministerial segment could be the first positive outcome at Cancun  

By Arnan Pratim Dutta

Cancun: A semblance of agreement on the crucial element of technology transfer may emerge as the first positive outcome at Cancun on the 10th day when a rather diluted text on the matter is handed over to the high level segment, where ministers get involved in negotiations.

The Protocol in dispute

December 6, 2010

The post-2012 emissions reduction commitments for Annex 1 countries under the Kyoto Protocol (KP) are presently going nowhere. Japan had fired the first salvo when in the opening plenary, it categorically stated its opposition to the second commitment period of KP. Now, countries like Australia, Canada, and some European nations have joined the chorus to disband KP.

Jairam drops a bombshell, blasts a hole in India’s negotiating stance

  • CSE lambasts minister’s support to “binding commitment for all countries under appropriate legal form”
  • India has always said its domestic mitigation actions are voluntary and not internationally binding. Minister’s statement contradicts this stand
  • Removes the distinction between developed and developing world

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Minister goes extempore, deviates from written speech to make announcement that writes off 'historical debt' and poses a challenge to development of millions in poverty

By Arnab Pratim Dutta

A week of non-results

December 6, 2010

A week of non-results

By Arnab Pratim Dutta,

Capsizing climate boat: BASIC must stay together

Bribery is passé, ugly attempts to demean camaraderie among emerging powers as revealed in Wikileaks is worrying
By Aditya Ghosh

Two Climate Gates in two years. First it was the science and now the diplomacy. Both during a CoP.   

Cancun musing

I have reached Cancun few hours’ back to attend the 16th Conference of Parties (CoP-16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and have been greeted with news that can only be characterised as bad or worse.

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  Cancun draft pleases all, except a belligerent Bolivia! The deal circumvents all the contentious issues, erases historical debts, avoids legally binding global emission targets for wealthy nations, leaves the thorn of IPR in technology transfer mechanism for Durban CoP17 among others.  
 
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