Interview: Polish Negotiator’s View
Published 28th October 2010 - 2 comments - 981 views -
This time, I decided to interview a Polish negotiator expert in climate change issues in order to have an inside view on what we should expect from Cancun and in which way it will differ from COP15. The negotiator I interviewed participated also in COP15 and at the moment is working on COP16, and I had the pleasure to meet him during my stay in Warsaw, in the last year.
- You participated in COP15 last year. How do you think COP16 will be different?
Firstly COP 16 will not be a world summit and it's not expected so many head of states and governments to participate. Nevertheless Mexico hosting Conference of the Parties makes huge effort to put positions of developed and developing states together. Naturally as a developing state MX has maybe better chances to do so. Similarly to Poland in Poznan the feeling is to conclude the common understanding efforts and mutual trust. Momentum for global deal is not that high as a year ago. It can be considered easier to reach an agreement under current circumstances.
- What do you expect from the Cancun negotiations?
Participants expect that assistance efforts (financial and technological) from developed states will be reflected in reduction obligations on the side of major developing states. At this stage discussions focus on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, where it is necessary to avoid the gap between commitment periods. As well the need for Legally Binding Agreement, which should involve all major emitters and developing economies. So called balanced outcome need to be achieved in order to protect global temperature growth below 2 degrees Celsius.
- What does Poland expect and bring to the Cancun negotiations?
Poland as one of the key players in the EU wants to have positive and constructive outcome of Cancun in order to finish establishing new climate regime in 2011 when PL will be holding the EU Presidency. The balanced package of Cancun reflects on the EU's pledge to reduce 20% of its emissions. This is still an exceptional offer comparing to efforts presented by other developed countries. Until other countries will fulfil level of their ambitions, especially US will get on board, we can probably think only about an agreement in the Kyoto framework.
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