It all started so well at the Doha Financing for Development conference. Ban Ki-moon set the scene by saying: “The financial crisis is not the only crisis we face. We also confront a development emergency and accelerating climate change. These threats are inextricably linked.” Then Barroso backed him up by saying, “Doha and Poznan have to move forward together, hand in hand. … Copenhagen will not succeed without a serious solution on adaptation.”
Unfortunately, what followed was rather disappointing. There were serious disagreements between key negotiators – the EU had not even agreed a joint position until halfway through the conference. Furthermore, much of the progressive language from the draft declaration was removed by the USA. The G77 were also not as effective in their negotiating as people had expected them to be. To top it all off, in all the wrangling over tax, climate change appears to have taken a back seat.
Though all parties did eventually manage to agree a final Outcome Document yesterday, it is still not publicly available. It is thought to be a highly diluted version of the one available before the summit. Once it appears, there will be a follow-up post on the climate-specific aspects. In the meantime, this article from EURODAD provides some useful analysis
To clear up any confusion, the Doha Financing for Development conference is completely different from the Doha “Development Round” of WTO talks, which are also getting some press at the moment. Pascal Lamy announced on Saturday that he had high hopes for a conclusion to the WTO talks before the end of the year, and the US agriculture secretary has followed suit today. A trade deal could have serious implications for climate change mitigation, as the IISD has noted.