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CAFOD congratulates developing countries for leading the way at Poznan

And tells industrialised nations “shame on you”.

On the final full day of negotiations at the UN climate change talks the industrialised nations are stalling. Without a decision from Brussels on the EU climate and energy package, and with the umbrella countries procrastinating on emissions targets decided at Bali one year ago, progress at Poznan looks remote.

And yet, while the industrialised nations block the path to strong agreement, the developing countries are leading the way with the strength of their proposals and climate change initiatives.

CAFOD’s climate change policy researcher Liz Gallagher said: “Shame on you, industrialised nations. The present state of affairs in Poznan and the EU is a huge disappointment.

“The developing countries have come to Poznan in good faith, they have come to negotiate on an issue that will affect them first and worst, and could impact most severely on their aims for rapid growth. And yet, as they bring solid and encouraging proposals to the table, they are meeting a brick wall. The industrialised nations aren’t even responding to these proposals, they are wrapped up in financial self-interest. It is shameful.”

While Russia shirks emissions targets, China has announced a $600bn stimulus package to help its transition to a low carbon economy by promoting economic restructuring and essential green infrastructure.

While Canada attempts to protect its tar sands industry which could cause runaway climate change, Mexico announced this morning that it has set a specific carbon reduction target - one of the first developing countries to do so. It pledges to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As Japan’s delegates try to undermine the scientific recommendations on emissions target ranges, Brazil has set up a $1bn fund to combat deforestation.

When Australia failed to even bring its agreed emissions targets to Poznan, the South Africans set down a concrete proposal on how to make action on climate change measurable and verifiable.

And while the European countries still struggle to come to an agreement in Brussels that gives them a mandate in Poznan, India has committed to ensuring its per capita emissions will not exceed levels recommended by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and has begun the process of setting up centres for the diffusion of climate technology.

Liz Gallagher added: “These developing countries are up for negotiating a better and more sustainable future. They are ready and willing. We can get a good deal by Copenhagen 2009. All that is needed is the political will of the industrialised nations to step up their game.”

From CAFOD's website

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