|COP 15: the Reversal of democracy; Rule of the Oligarchy||194 readings|
|Posted by Joan Russow|
|Friday, 23 December 2016 16:57|
By Joan Russow PhD
Global Compliance Research Project
Fiona Harvey, in her January 26, 2010 article “Environment: UN hopes to pluck a deal from Copenhagen’s chaos” has condoned the abuse of power.
At COP 15, on December 17 and 18, presentations were made, by the heads of states, to the Assembly. The majority of heads of states were calling for the global community to agree to a legally binding document, to maintain the rise in temperature to well below 1.5 degrees, and the parts per million to well below 350 ppm.
]n a presentation by the IPCC, a scientist stated that current research has demonstrated that at 2 degrees the poor, the disenfranchised and the vulnerable would not survive, and at 1.5 degrees there was a possibility, The world Meteorological Organization, also reported that there was recent evidence of increased warming, increased climate related incidents, and increased droughts all of which indicated that consequences of climate change were occurring far more rapidly than had been anticipated in the 2007 IPCC report that was based on data from 2004 and 2005.
Fiona Harvey, claims that a small number of leaders including Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Evo Morales disrupted the process.
What disrupted the process in Copenhagen, was not Hugo Chavez or Evo Morales, or other leaders from developing states but Obama when, after meeting with a small group of state leaders behind closed doors, arrogantly declared that an accord had been reached. In the Obama Accord, the call for maintaining the temperature well below 1.5 degrees was ignored, inadequate funding mechanisms provided, and a table of weak Annex 1 commitments by developed state, made..
In the following plenary one state after another cried foul and declared their opposition to a decision that was made without the participation of the majority of states.
The Obama accord - AKA - the Copenhagen Accord- ignored the pleas from the leaders and from the negotiators from the developing states, the small Island states and the low lying states; the Obama Accord disregarded the emerging science, and abandoned the call from the global community to address the urgency of climate change.