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Claire Tighe ‘13
After a few interviews here at the Conference (COP) 17, one in particular with a member of AOSIS (Alliance for Small Island States) who hails from Palau in the Pacific Islands, I’ve gathered a bit of information on the outcomes that the AOSIS bloc is looking for here at COP:
1.) A legally-binding second five-year committment period of the Kyoto Protocol
2.) Passing of the Green Climate Fund, which will fund the small islands mitigation and adaptation efforts.
These two issues are amongst the most pertinent for this particular COP. However, other “smaller” topics are also on the negotiating table. These include adaptation concerns, how to make REDD (+) work, and facilitating technology transfer.
According to Ambassador Dessima of AOSIS, the bloc will not accept outcomes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP17 that does not lead to these outcomes. To do so would be to agree to their demise. What is the likelihood of these outcomes? Temengil believes that AOSIS has to stay positive and hope for the best.
AOSIS uses a moral stance to argue their positions, as they do not possess much economic or military bargaining strength. Hope and a moral argument may be the only way to persuade the largest polluters to sign on to the Kyoto Protocol again. The likelihood that this will happen? Only time will tell.
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