2009年12月15日

Copenhagen needs a strong lead negotiator

Reaching an international climate agreement requires someone with exceptional skill, knowledge and diplomacy, says Kyoto chair Raul Estrada-oyuera.


As the professional diplomat who presided over tha Kyoto Protocol negotiations, it is clear to me how vital it is to have a good leader to steer negotiations at the Copenhagen conference on climate this December.

Time is short, and matters are very complex.

Although it may prove impossible to agree on quantified commitments at the meeting itself, a strong effort should be made for a deal that at lest sttls the main political objectives, with the aim of finalizing the agreements at subsidiary meetings in June 2010.


The United Nations Fremework Convention Climate Change (UNFCCC) currebtly involves 192 governments, making negotiation a major exercise in diplomacy.

To come to an agreement, the process needs a well established leader who is fair, forceful, committed and well informed on the subject under debate and on the aspirations and bottom lines of all parties.


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Often, the host country can take on this role.

But Denmark, the host of December's 15thConference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, has pushed the ofjectives of the European Union so aggressively that a leadership role from that country is likely to generate a negative reaction from some parties, such as India.

The difficulty of Denmark's position in leading the talks was emphasized on 12 October when the country's chief climste negotiator zthomas Becker left his post in the wake of an expenses scandal.

Plus, the bation's intended leader of the conference ― Anders Fogh Rasmussen ― resigned as prime minister earlier this year to become NATO's secretary-geberal.

The current Danish minister of energy and climate ― Connie Hedegaard ― will therefore officially preside over the talks, but it is not clear to me that she has the necessary experience to truly lead the negotiations.


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